South-East Governors’ Forum re-affirms support for National Conference
South-East Governors rose from a meeting in Enugu on Tuesday declaring their unflinching support for the on-going national conference. Chairman of the Forum and Abia State Governor, Theordor Orji, who briefed journalists at the end of the over 4-hour deliberation said they equally resolved to tackle security in the zone jointly, and not individually. Governors of Enugu, Abia and Anambra State, Sullivan Chime, Theordor Orji and Willy Obiano, respectively, were present at the meeting, while Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha was absent. Orji stated that they also used the opportunity to welcome the new governor of Anambra State, Willy Obiano into their fold and briefed him adequately. The Abia State Governor told journalists further that the forum reviewed and talked about delegates of the zone to the ongoing National Conference in Abuja with a view to knowing how far they were doing. “The foremost thing we did was to welcome the new Governor of Anambra state Into our fold and to brief him very very well. We discussed on security of our zone, how we can jointly tackle security in the zone”, he stated. It could be recalled that the Biafran Zionists Movement( BZM), led by Onwuka Igwe had attacked Enugu State Government House on the 8th of this month and attempted to hoist flags of the defunct Republic of Biafra. Although the police initially claimed that members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra(MASSOB) carried out the attack, the BZM leader swiftly dismissed the allegation and claimed responsibility. Apart from claiming responsibility, Onwuka warned that there would be bloodbath if Nigeria failed to vacate the territory of the defunct Republic of Biafra by March 31, 2014. Onwuka said they captured the Enugu Government House for four hours – between 3am and 7am – without carrying arms. Onwuka further warned that there would be bloody attacks if the Federal Government failed to free the Republic of Biafra from its territories by March 31, 2014.