– Governors of south-east and south-south Nigeria met in Enugu on Sunday evening
– The meeting came on the heels of another meeting of south-east governors and other leaders
– The meeting is to address Biafra agitation and form a formidable alliance to demand federal government to restructure the nation
As the agitation for Biafra continues in the two region, governors of south-east and south-south Nigeria met at the Nike Lake Resort, Enugu on Sunday evening.
The governors met to deliberate on the ongoing agitation for Biafra in the region, especially by the youths.
Recall that Naijatrending earlier reported that south-east leaders, Ohanaeze and governors met at the same venue couple of weeks back. A meeting that saw the leaders showing their support for Nigeria’s unity and a call for the country to be restructured.
The meetings of governors of the two regions in Enugu, is to find a way to form a strong alliance that can push forward the demand for a restructured governance and the best way to handle agitation coming from the youths.
According to a report by Punch, the Enugu state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who addressed the opening session of the meeting said: “the two zones are joined by tradition, geography and brotherhood, and also by common challenges.”
He noted that Igbo leaders had already met and agreed “on a restructured Nigeria, where peace, love, equity and opportunities are paramount, regardless of creed, ethnicity, gender and political affiliations.”
“It is against this background, therefore, that the meeting of the south-east and the south-south, becomes important.
“I believe that a sustained south-east and south-south cooperation would foster and accelerate competitive development.
“Through inter-regional cooperation, we will be able to speak with one voice and form a greater political capital that will influence the Federal Government,” he added.
The governors however proceeded to a closed door session after the initial opened meeting.
The governors in attendance were: Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state, Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia adn Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state, Willie Obiano of Anambra represented by his deputy, Nkem Okeke. The south-south governors at the meeting were: Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Ben Ayade of Cross River, and Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state.
Meanwhile, the president general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nwodo, has explained what led to the decision of Igbo leaders to clamour for restructuring of Nigeria as against breakup.
Nwodo explained that no ethnic group has more stake in the Nigeria project than the Igbo and as such Igbos cannot consider a break up as a viable option, as such decision might affect them gravely.
Nwodo said that while Ohanaeze and other elders understand and appreciate the circumstances that prompted the youth agitations under the MASSOB and IPOB platform, the elders do not believe that secession is a good choice.