In an intervention that seems belated, Governors of the South-east states have wielded the big stick against the members of the militant Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), calling for a seccesion of the zone from the country.
The governors rose from a crucial meeting Friday evening in Enugu, the political capital of the region, with a directive to the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to immediately disband the organisation forthwith. They proscribed the group.
The Defence Headquarters on its part, however, labelled IPOB a militant terrorist organisation. The military urged parents to dissuade their wards from joining the group.
In a statement in Abuja on Friday, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, the Director, Defence Information (DDI), therefore, restated the commitment of the Armed Forces to confront “all security challenges facing the country.
But IPOB Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who has done everything in breach of the bail granted him by the court has said the country is governed by law and that the body would continue to engage in its lawful agitation.
The South-east Governors troubled by the development in the region particularly at its epic centre in Aba, Abia State were joined at the meeting by the President of Ohanaeze N’digbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.
They told IPOB and other aggrieved groups in the zone to channel their grievances through a committee of the governors.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Police have deployed no less 500 men in the troubled Aba to bring the agitation of IPOB under control.
Aba, the commercial city of Abia State, has been restive with the activities of IPOB grounding commercial activities in the city.