South-East governors forum have debunked the report that it condemned the military invasion of home of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, in AfaraUkwu, Umuahia, Abia State.
The governors was reacting following a report that it condemned the attack, however, said it had set up a 7-man committee to investigate the ugly incident and report same to the Forum during its meeting on September 15, 2017.
In a statement by the Director, Media and Communication, South East Governors’ Forum Secretariat, Mr. Michael Udah, said the purpose of setting up the committee was to enable the governors find lasting solution to the incident and forestall further or future occurrences within the zone.
According to Udah, who debunked the reports in some social media that the South East Governors condemned the alleged attack or invasion, added that the governors were working assiduously to bring peace and stability to the zone and indeed the country at large.
“I, Michael Udah did not tell any medium both social or print media that the Governors condemned the incident but that the South East Governors were working to bring peace in the South East and the country as a whole.
“The Governors had swiftly set up a 7-man Committee to investigate the incident and report same during the Forum’s next meeting on September 15, 2017,” he said.
Meanwhile, A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, called on the Federal Government to urgently withdraw military men sent to the South-East on Operation Python Dance II.
The ex-minister in a statement, lamented that behaviour of the military against a defenceless and unarmed civilian population in Abia state was reprehensible.
He said: What has Nnamdi Kanu or indeed the Igbo people done to warrant this primitive show of barbarism and force? We are on the brink of a total breakdown of law and order and a prolonged and bloody armed conflict.
‘I urge restraint on all sides and I call on President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw the army from the East and leave Nnamdi Kanu alone.
Terrorising your own people with soldiers is not the act of a courageous man …. We call on the international community to bear witness to what is unfolding in Nigeria and we will hold the government responsible and accountable in the event of any loss of life.’’
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