Governors from the South Eastern part of the country under the platform of the South East Governors Forum has urged members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) to come home and settle their grievances with leaders from the zone rather than resort to attacking them in foreign lands.
The chairman of the Forum and the governor of Ebonyi state, Dave Umahi while reacting to the threat made by the group to attack the governors of Anambra, Enugu, Abia and Ebonyi states whenever they travel abroad, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Emmanuel Uzor on Sunday said the group does have the ability to track down Governors.
“They have no such spread and powers to track down South-East governors for an attack anywhere in the world. They are too small. I don’t want to say they sound so cowardly, but they can’t see the governors to attack” the statement said.
Umahi denied allegations by the group that Governors from the region betrayed them. He said the issue the group had was with the federal government and has nothing to do with the governors.
The statement reads further, “If there is any issue IPOB holds against the governors, they should come home to settle it in Igboland instead of a foreign land.
“What happened was a security issue which was within the purview of the Federal Government. Attacking governors in a foreign land is a wild goose chase. We love them because they are our children.
“IPOB cannot achieve Biafra alone, except with the collaboration of all stakeholders including the governors. They don’t need to attack the governors to achieve Biafra.”
“They should come together and work with the governors and the Ohanaeze Ndigbo to achieve the Igbo Presidency come 2023 instead of fighting the governors. We want them to be close to us instead”.
Members of the proscribed group had on Saturday in Nuremberg, Germany attacked a former deputy president of the Senate, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu at an Igbo event where he had gone to deliver a keynote address.