DAVE UMAHI-South East govs won’t apologize to IPOB
Claims IPOB lacks the powers to place a travel ban on governors.
Dave Umahi, the CHAIRMAN of South-East Governors Forum, spoke on behalf of the South-Eastern Governors on Thursday declaring that governors in the zone owe no apology to the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
Umahi, who is also the governor of Ebonyi State said that IPOB has no right to place a travel ban on South-East governors and other top politicians from the zone.
Remember that the separatist movement had recently in an open letter to the South-East governors, made many demands from the governors for there to be a truce which included an open apology.
Briefing State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Umahi said “We have no apology to tender because we did not proscribe them.
“Yes, we are the leaders of the people and we had to speak against their activities.”
The governor also noted that the South-East governors forum didn’t proscribe IPOB because it didn’t have the power to do so, pointing out that it was the Federal Government that proscribed the group.
He said the group often made empty threats, adding that no responsible government would allow a proscribed group to promote lawlessness.
He boasted that he would give the members prior information, any time he planned to travel out of the country.
According to him, “IPOB has no powers to place a travel ban on governors or anyone. I will even tell IPOB any time I intend to travel.”