The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu on Wednesday rejected the plea of the governors of the Southeast zone of Nigeria during a meeting between the pro-Biafra group and the politicians.
TheNewsGuru.com reports that the governors had invited Kanu to drop his secession agitation, embrace a ‘One Nigeria’ agenda and also participate fully in the coming Anambra governorship polls and subsequent elections in the country.
Other issues that pushed for the meeting with Kanu by the governors include; alleged violation of his bail conditions for which the Federal Government had asked an Abuja High court to issue an order to re-arrest him and the Biafra Secret Service (BSS), which Kanu reportedly inaugurated at Umuahia, Abia state, an act the police described as unlawful.
However, according to information from an insider source, the governors were unable to convince the IPOB leader despite the long hours of engaging him and other leaders of the group.
Also, the meeting failed to stop his threat against the November 18 governorship election in Anambra state.
During the meeting which was attended by constitutional lawyer, Prof Ben Nwabueze and Deputy Secretary General, Igbo Leaders of Thought (ILT), Evangelist Elliot Uko, Kanu was said to have remained adamant on restoration of Biafra.
“They begged him to drop Biafra agitation but he shook his head. That’s why they decided to have further discussions with him and his group,” the insider said.
The meeting, according to the Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum, Governor David Umahi, who briefed journalists alongside Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Nkem Okeke, “deliberated on the demands of IPOB and noted their concerns accordingly”.
“However, the meeting agreed that these demands by IPOB should not be absolute, rather the South East Governors shall immediately engage the leader of IPOB, Prince Nnamdi Kanu and the entire leadership of IPOB to further meetings and dialogue with a view to quickening the resolutions of all issues amicably”, the governor said.
At the meeting were Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Deputy Governor of Anambra state, Dr Nkem Okeke. Governors Rochas Okorocha (Imo) and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) were said to be out of the country.