Igbo leaders of Nigeria, led by governors of five states of the south-east region, have resolved to meet President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue of the marginalisation of the Igbo community.
The resolution came Sunday at the end of a meeting in Enugu summoned by the governors to discuss the security implications of the continued agitation for secession by members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (Massob) and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)
The leaders agreed to dialogue with members of the Massob and IPOB groups with a view to ending the protests now rocking the old Eastern region.
Protesters in the south-east have been demonstrating against the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu, owner of the pirate Radio Biafra who is being held for treason.
A four-point communique read by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State stated: “We agreed that south-east governors should set up a committee to immediately address the impasse on Ohanaeze leadership.”
Ohanaeze is a socio-cultural group meant to represent all Igbos.
“After a compassionate review of the recent MassobIPOB agitation in the country, it was resolved that a committee be set up to dialogue with MassobIPOB as well as the federal government with a view to finding a lasting solution to the issue.
“The elders also examined other issues including the poor state of infrastructural facilities in the south-east, marginalisation in federal appointments and other socio-economic issues that impact on the economic development of the south-east,” read the communique.
SOURCE: AFRICA REVIEW