7 S/East govs: We didn’t warn FG over IPOB

Weekly Trust - - News - Emma Elekwa, Awka

The South­east Gov­er­nors’ Fo­rum has re­futed re­ports by an on­line medium that it had warned the fed­eral gov­ern­ment against killing and im­pris­on­ment of mem­bers of the Indige­nous Peo­ple of Bi­afra (IPOB). The gov­er­nors con­demned the re­port, de­scrib­ing it as fab­ri­cated, false and a fig­ment of the writer’s imag­i­na­tion.

In a state­ment signed by the Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral and Di­rec­tor, Me­dia and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion of the fo­rum, Prof. Si­mon Or­tu­anya and Michael Udah re­spec­tively, the fo­rum said no such meet­ing was held in Abak­i­liki, Ebonyi State as al­leged. It noted that the chair­man of the fo­rum un­der whose in­stance such meet­ing could be con­vened was away when the ru­mor was cir­cu­lated.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, all five South­east gov­er­nors met in Abaka­liki on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 6, 2017. And Engr. Nweze Dave Umahi, the chair­man of the fo­rum, ad­dressed the press after the meet­ing, call­ing on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to stop the inces­sant killing, tor­ture and un­law­ful im­pris­on­ment of IPOB mem­bers by the mil­i­tary in the re­gion.

“The re­port fur­ther falsely cred­ited His Ex­cel­lency, Engr. Dave Umahi with the claim that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment is mal­treat­ing the re­gion, while the mil­i­tary and in­deed the Chief of Army Staff have re­buffed all the let­ters which the South-east gov­er­nors had writ­ten, re­quest­ing that the sit­u­a­tion be re­dressed.

“In or­der to put the records straight, the South­east Gov­er­nors’ Fo­rum hereby states as fol­lows: There is no iota of truth in ev­ery ma­te­rial par­tic­u­lar in the said pub­li­ca­tion. His Ex­cel­lency, Engr. Nweze Dave Umahi, , Gover­nor of Ebonyi State and Chair­man of South-East Gov­er­nors’ Fo­rum, is cur­rently out of the coun­try and was not even in Ebonyi State on the said Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 6, 2017 when the al­leged emer­gency meet­ing of South-east gov­er­nors pur­port­edly took place.

“No South­east gover­nor (or their deputy) at­tended any meet­ing, emer­gency or reg­u­lar, in Abaka­liki, Ebonyi State on the said Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 6, 2017.

“Ac­cord­ingly, the South­east gov­er­nors con­demn in the strong­est terms, this de­lib­er­ate false­hood in­tended to un­der­mine the mile­stone al­ready recorded in their en­gage­ment with IPOB leader, Prince Nnamdi Kanu and the en­tire lead­er­ship of IPOB.

“The South­east Gov­er­nors Fo­rum reaf­firms its be­lief in the am­i­ca­ble res­o­lu­tion of all is­sues es­pe­cially as it re­lates to ag­i­ta­tions by IPOB.

“Since no such meet­ing ever held, it fol­lows that the South­east gov­er­nors never at any point in time is­sued any warn­ing to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment or its agen­cies, nei­ther did it write any of its mil­i­tary com­mands or for­ma­tions.

“The South­east Gov­er­nors’ Fo­rum there­fore urges the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, its mil­i­tary com­mands and for­ma­tions and in­deed the gen­eral pub­lic to dis­re­gard in its en­tirety and to­tal­ity the said re­port as it is un­true and un­founded”.

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