As pro-Biafra protests rage on across the southeast some governors in the region and leaders of Ohaneze Ndigbo, a socio-cultural organization have decided to meet this weekend to discuss the way forward. This was made known to our reporter in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State had before now denounced the activities of the agitators and called for calm in the region. As the protest continues he was left with no option but to call a meeting where his counterparts and other Igbo leaders in the zone are expected to hold talks with a view to finding a lasting solution.
His Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, in a statement said the state governor expresses concern and dissatisfaction at the ongoing agitation which is not in the best interest of the people and the region and renewed his call for calm by urging the Indigenous People of Biafra and the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign Sate of Biafra to come to the dialogue table. He pointed out that the ongoing agitation only poses a serious threat to Nigeria's fragile unity.
Said he ''The pro-Biafra protests could not be in the interest of the Southeast people but are only sending wrong signals to the rest of Nigerians. And it has become increasingly necessary for the governors in the zone, Ohaneze leaders, and other stakeholders in the area to meet, to call a spade, a spade''.
“It is also expected that at the end of the Owerri meeting, the governors and other leaders will take a common position and will also invite the leaders of the pro-Biafra groups for a meeting, to let them know the socio-economic and political implications of their activities including their demand for sovereignty in a united Nigeria'', the statement added.