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…”

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