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Igbo leaders meet in Enugu, jettison Biafra, makes case for one Nigeria

L-R: Rochas Okorocha of Imo, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu, Chairman of the Governor's Forum and Gov of Ebonyi, David Umahi, Willie Obiano of Anambra and Okezie Ikpazu of Abia, after their meeting in Enugu yesterday.

Political, religious and leaders of traditional institution including south East governors, members of national assembly from the south East, president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, met Saturday night in Enugu and jettisoned the renewed Biafra agitation, opting instead for one restructured Nigeria where peace, equity and justice is the order of the day.
Arising from the meeting, the leaders in a communique resolved its one Nigeria and nothing else, agreeing also to map out strategies though which to resolve the Igbo question.
Below is a copy of the communique issued after the meeting:

This is a communiunique arising from a meeting of south east Governors, members of  National Assembly, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, our traditional Fathers, our Spiritual fathers and some selected Igbo leaders of Thought on the state of the Nation. It’s held today, the 1st day of July 2017 at Nike Lake Resort Enugu.
We deliberated on a number of issues and we arrived at the followings:
1.Ndigbo are in full support of a united Nigeria, where peace, love, fairness, justice, equity and equality of opportunities are paramount, regardless of creed, ethnicity, gender or political affiliation.
2.We condemn all hate speeches and misconducts from any segments of the country.
3.That Igbo leaders lend their full support to the restructuring of the federal republic of Nigeria on the platform 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 frame.
4.That Ndigbo supports the report of the National Conference of 2014 and we urge the federal government to set up structures that will enable the implementation of the same within a reasonable time.
5.That the South East Governors, members of the National Assembly, leadership from the south east and the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo shall henceforth constitute the official organs that shall speak on behalf of Ndigbo.
6.That south east leaders in consultation with other parts of the country, will set up a committee to engage the federal government on all issues that concern Ndigbo.
7.he south east leaders are taking steps to ensure the safety of the lives and property of our people in all parts of Nigeria, just as we guarantee the safety of lives and property of all other Nigerians that are living within our domain, that is south east.
These were the decisions we reached in our meeting. Thank you very much and God Bless you.
Those in attendance included: The five Governors of South East States led by the Chairman of South East Governors Forum and Governor of Ebonyi state, Engr. Dave Umahi, All members of National Assembly, All members of the National Assembly from the zone led by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, the Chairman of South East Caucus of the members of the National Assembly, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.
Others are, President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Chief Nnia Nwodo, former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, former Governor of the Central Bank Prof Chukwuma Soludo, Senator Sam Egwu, Chief Chekwas Okorie, Prof Barth Nnaji, Commodore Ibitu Ukaiwe, Mrs. Josephine Aneni, and Senator Gill Nnaji.

The list also included the Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese Prof Godfrey Onah, the Enugu Archbishop of Anglican Communion Dr Emmanuel Chukwuma, the Obi of Onitsha Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, Chairman of South East Traditional Rulers Council.

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