The South East Governors’ Forum denied, Sunday, that it met in Abakiliki and warned the Federal Government for allegedly killing members of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
A report circulating in the media had claimed that the five South-East governors met in Abakaliki on September 6, 2017 and called on the Federal Government to put to a stop the incessant killings, brutal torture and unlawful imprisonment of innocent IPOB members by the military.
However, a statement signed by Professor Simon Ortuanya, Director-General and Michael Udah Director, Media and Communication of the Forum said the report was intended to undermine the milestone already recorded by the governors.
According to the statement, Governor Dave Umahi, chairman of the Forum was outside the country at the time the story of the warning was circulating, describing the story as a figment of the imagination of the author.
The Governors’ Forum said: “There is no iota of truth in every material particular in the said publication. His Excellency,. 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 South East governor (or their deputies) attended any meeting, emergency or regular, in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State on the said Wednesday 6lh September, 2017.
“Accordingly the South East governors condemned 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.
“South East 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 South East governors never at any point in time, issued warning to the Federal Government of Nigeria or its agencies; neither did it write any of its military Commands or formations.
“South East 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.”.