The South East Governors’ Forum asked the Igbo people in the North to ignore the ultimatum given by the coalition of Northern Youths in Nigeria and the Arewa Consultative Youth Forum.
The governors also urged the Igbo to go about their normal businesses across the country as the governors and security agencies would not allow them to suffer any harm in the north.
At a press conference in Government House, Abakaliki, the Chairman of the Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief Dave Umahi, described the relocation order as provocative.
He commended the Presidency, the Senate, the security agencies, the Kaduna State Governor and other stakeholders for rising up to the occasion by condemning the ultimatum.
He said: “The attention of the South East Governors’ Forum has been drawn to the widely publicised ultimatum credited to a coalition of 16 northern youth associations demanding that Igbo in northern Nigeria should vacate the region within 90 days or before October 1, 2017 and equally urging northerners resident within Igboland to return to the North within the timeframe. We have carefully considered the contents of the highly provocative statement and reflected on its implications on Ndigbo and specifically on the nation in general.”
“This public statement is intended to accomplish a couple of objectives, one of which is to the expression of our deep appreciation to all Nigerians, including the Presidency. The South East Governor’s Forum has repeatedly reiterated its commitment to and preference for the existence of a virile, united, prosperous and progressive Nigeria where justice, fairness, equity, mutual respect and equality of opportunity to all citizens regardless of creed, ethnicity or gender will reign supreme under the inflexible rule of law…”