A meeting of Igbo Political Leaders at the weekend in Enugu gave their total support for a united Nigeria where peace, love, fairness, justice, equity and equality of opportunity are paramount regardless of creed, ethnicity, gender or political affiliation.
This is the first time that the Igbo leaders are speaking out against the latest round of agitation by Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) for a State of Biafra.
The meeting, which addressed the state of the nation, also condemned all hate speeches and conduct emanating from any section of the country.
The meeting started at about 7pm on Saturday night and lasted until the early hours of Sunday and was attended by South-East Governors, members of the National Assembly, Ohaaneze Ndigbo and selected Igbo leaders of state.
Reading the communiqué, Mr. Dave Umahi, the Chairman of South-East Governors Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, said Ndigbo are in support of a united Nigeria where peace, love, fairness, justice, equity and equality of opportunity are paramount, regardless of creed, ethnicity, gender or political affiliation.
He said they condemned all hate speeches and conduct emanating from any section of the country.
He stated further: “The Igbo political leaders lend their full support to the restructuring of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the basis of fairness and equity. We therefore call on the Federal Government and all Nigerian leaders to commence a process of dialogue among Nigerians on the modalities of achieving this pressing question within a reasonable time.
“That Ndigbo support the report of the National Conference of 2014 and urge the Federal Government to set up structures that will enable the implementation of same within a reasonable time.
“That the South-East Governors, members of the National Assembly from the South-East and the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo should henceforth constitute the official organs that will speak on behalf of Ndigbo on political matters” Umahi said.
He stated that the South-East Governors in conjunction with leaders from other parts of the country would engage the Federal Government on all areas of concern to Ndigbo and Nigeria in general.
Umahi re-affirmed the commitment of the South-East Governors to secure the lives of Ndigbo wherever they are in Nigeria and also safeguard other Nigerians who are living in the South-East.
All the other four South-East Governors were in attendance at the meeting. They are Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Willie Obiano (Anambra), the host Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) and Rochas Okorocha (Imo).
Among other dignitaries at the meeting include Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, former Senate President, Ken Nnamani and President General of Ohaaneze Ndigbo, John Nnia Nwodo (jnr.).