South East Governors Forum rose from it meeting on Friday to announce the proscription of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, in all the five states of the zone. The Nigerian military had earlier in the day declared the group a terror organisation.
The Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, announced this after a meeting of the governors with the South-east leadership of the National Assembly and Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
According to him “In view of the prevailing security situation in the South-East and its attendant consequences, the South-East Governors hereby resolved as follows: “All the activities of IPOB are hereby proscribed.
IPOB and all other aggrieved groups are advised to articulate their position on National issues and submit to the committee of Governors, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and National Assembly members from the South-East zone through the Chairman of South-East Governors Forum”, he said.
Meanwhile, former President Obasanjo says Pres. Buhari must meet with Nnamdi Kanu, before the ongoing crisis gets out of hand.
Obasanjo said: “I don’t see anything wrong in that [Buhari meeting with Kanu]. I would not object to that; if anything, I would encourage it.”
Talking to Newsweek, Obasanjo, who as president met with Niger Delta militant leaders in 2006 to stop attacks on oil installations, said: “I would want to meet Kanu myself and talk to people like him, people of his age, and ask ‘What are your worries?’
Not only from the southeast but from all parts of Nigeria.” He said the army’s “heavy boot” response to pro-Biafra sentiment is “not the solution” but adds that the secession craved by IPOB is not the way forward either.
“We need to satisfy the youth in job creation, in wealth creation, in giving them a better, fulfilled life, in giving them hope for the future. There’s no easy way out,” he said.