South-East Governors on Wednesday expressed their readiness to dialogue with the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) with a view to quickening the resolution of all their demands.
The Chairman of the South-East Governors Forum (SEGF) and Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, disclosed this after a closed door meeting with IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu at Enugu Government House, which lasted for about three hours.
Kanu was accompanied to the meeting by elder statesman, Professor Ben Nwabueze and Evangelist Elliot Uko.
The communiqué issued after the meeting was read by Governor Umahi.
According to the communiqué, “The South East Governors today, the 30th of August 2017 meet with the leader of IPOB, Prince Nnamdi Kanu together with Professor Ben Nwabueze, SAN, and Evangelist Elliot Uko.
“The meeting deliberated on the demands of IPOB and noted their concerns accordingly.
“However, the meeting agreed that these demands by IPOB should not be absolute rather the South East Governors shall immediately engage the leader of IPOB, Prince Nnamdi Kanu and the entire leadership of IPOB to further meetings and dialogue with a view to quickening the resolution of all issues amicably.”
The meeting was also attended by the host Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) while the Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Nkem Okeke represented Governor Willie Obiano.
On the absence of Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and his Abia state Counterpart, Okezie Ikpeazu, Umahi explained that they were outside the country.