The decision by South East Governors Forum led by Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State to ban the illegal activities of the Nnamdi Kanu led Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the South East region is a welcome development.
The South East Youths and Elders Forum said this in a statement signed by its Director of Media and Publicity, Mazi Ikechukwu K. Edwin.
The group recalled that in its “last public statement in May this year, we warned Mr. Nnamdi Kanu to respect constituted authority in Nigeria and stop flaunting his bail conditions, but in his characteristic zeal, he ignored our warning and went ahead with his illegal activities.
“However, report reaching us indicates that Nnamdi Kanu had sent his family members abroad for safety before mobilising the ignorant youths in Igboland to die for a selfish cause disguised as Igbo cause”, the group stated.
The statement added: “Therefore, we commend the entire Southeast Governors Forum for not sitting on the fence when this issue of IPOB started from the early stage to this ugly stage.
“We urge them to continue to shine the light for the entire South East region to follow as our youths wing have resolved to defend them from misguided youths who heap insults on them in the media.
“The Igbo cause would be championed in a civilised manner better than the unreasonable approach adopted by Mr. Kanu”, the group said.