Do Not Leave North, South East Governors Tell Igbos

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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.

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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

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