L-R: Anambra state Deputy Governor, Nkem Okeke; Abia Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu; Dave Umahi; Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Imo Deputy Governor, Jona Ilonna.

The South-East Governors Forum (SEGF) has spoken against the order by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), directing its members to attack them (the governors) anywhere they are seen abroad, saying it would not solve the problem of their agitation for Biafra.

Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, said this through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Emma Uzo.

He noted that the it was out of place for IPOB to blame the governors for Operation Python Dance as according to him, the governors had no powers to invite the army to the region.

Uwahi clarified that it was the federal government which sent soldiers to the South East, noting that security falls under federal control.

The governor also condemned Saturday’s attack on former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu in Germany, saying it was uncalled for.

“If there is any issue IPOB holds against the governors, they should come home to settle it in Igboland instead of a foreign land,” he said.

“What happened was a security issue which was within the purview of the Federal Government. Attacking governors in a foreign land is a wild goose chase. We love them because they are our children.

“IPOB cannot achieve Biafra alone, except with the collaboration of all stakeholders including the governors. They don’t need to attack the governors to achieve Biafra.”

“They should come together and work with the governors and the Ohanaeze Ndigbo to achieve the Igbo Presidency come 2023 instead of fighting the governors. We want them to be close to us instead of taking the struggle to the international arena,” it said.

The governor, however, said the threat to attack governors was meaningless as the IPOB “has no such spread and powers to track down South-East governors for attack anywhere in the world. They are too small. I don’t want to say they sound so cowardly, but they can’t see the governors to attack.”