The South-East governors and other stakeholders in the region on Saturday disowned the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and other separatist groups in the region.
In a communiqué issued at the end of their meeting in Enugu and signed by the Chairman of the South-East Governors Forum, Dave Umahi, the leaders said the groups do not speak for the people of the zone.
The meeting was a follow up on the earlier consultation with a presidential delegation led by the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (retd), on the worsening insecurity in the South-East.
The leaders condemned the attacks on the Federal Government’s facilities in the region and urged the security agents to desist from killing Igbo youths, and respect their rights.
They assured Nigerians living in the South-East of their safety in the region.
The leaders also charged governors of states in the Northern part of the country to protect the Igbos in the region.
The communiqué read: “We the Igbos do reaffirm our commitment to one United Nigeria under a platform of justice, equality of rights, fairness, love, and respect for one another.