South-East governors have said they are ready to engage in dialogue with the Indigenous
People of Biafra IPOB to resolve their differences.
IPOB had threatened to attack South-East governors and other Igbo leaders outside the
country after beating former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, in Germany for
allegedly working their interest.
The Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum, Chief David Umahi, told our
correspondent on Thursday that they never proscribed IPOB, but rather they banned
their activities in the region.
The Ebonyi State governor, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Emma Uzo,
asked IPOB to convene a meeting and invite the governors for discussions.
He said, “IPOB are our children. They are our brothers and sisters. They fight for their
fight on the pages of newspapers and social media, and it does not help. The best
thing is for all of us to sit down and talk. The governors are ready to speak with them.
“They should have a way of coming home or convene a meeting and the governors will
attend anywhere they want. Let us sit down and discuss it. And they should know that
the governors did not proscribed them, they lack constitutional powers to proscribed them.
They only banned their activities in the region where they have jurisdiction.”
IPOB on Wednesday through Aloy Ejimakor, counsel for Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB,
wrote to the governors, giving conditions for peace to reign.
The outlawed group in the letter, titled ‘Operation Python Dance: An Open Letter
To South-East Governors’, demanded “immediate and unconditional de-proscription
of IPOB and delisting it as a terrorist organisation. A truth and reconciliation commission
on the Python Dance lethal military operations of September 2017.”
The separatist group added, “A public apology for the extrajudicial killing of IPOB
members and desecration of the palace of an Igbo traditional ruler at Afaraukwu, Abia State.
A genuine dialogue with IPOB on its referendum demand for the restoration of Biafra
and discontinuance of the ongoing prosecution of IPOB members and forbearance
of any future arrests and prosecutions.”