The governors of the South-East geo-political rose from their meeting in Enugu yesterday with a resolution that Igbos living in other parts of the country should remain resolute and go about their normal business without any fear.
They affirmed that they are in constant touch with their colleagues in the Northern part of the country, who have guaranteed their safety.
The governors also made a declaration that that no pressure group across the South-East zone can subvert the Anambra State governorship election, slated for November 18, 2017, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In another development addressing the cross-regional tension, Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has said that any form of war now will cost Ndigbo N3 trillion both in properties and in assets, emphasising that Igbo are being deceived by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), that they will actualise Biafra.
The current chairman of the South-East Governors Forum, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, who briefed newsmen after their meeting at the Government House Enugu, stressed that the South-East governors are also ready to devise safety measures to protect the lives and properties of Ndigbo living in the Northern parts of the country.
This was to ensure that the threat of the quit notice against Igbo living in the North, clamoured by a section of Arewa Youths does not become a reality.
The South-East governors said they also appreciate the efforts of the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by Chief Nnia Nwodo, in seeking safety and security of lives and property of Ndigbo living in the North, on the quit notice.
Governor Umahi disclosed they also consolidated on their earlier resolve for an economic integration of the zone by appointing committees to work out modalities of the operations. However, they agreed to establish five business clusters, one of which must be established in each of the five states of the zone.
The governors commiserated with Governor Willie Obiano on the Ozubulu killings and the Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha
over the collapse of a three-storey building in which some people lost their lives.
Four of the five governors were physically present at the meeting. They are Governor Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, Governor Ikpeazu of Abia State and Governor Rochas Okoroocha of Imo State. The Anambra State governor was represented by his deputy, Nkem Okeke.
The Governor’s Forum equally inaugurated its secretariat and unveiled the Director-General, Prof. Simon Ortuanya, and other directors.
Speaking at the event, Governor Umahi, said that the secretariat would coordinate activities of the Forum and commended the Department for International Development (DFID) for its role in the screening and recommending the officers