South east governors condemn hate speech, call for restructuring

Chukwumerije Aja, Enugu

South east governors at a recent meeting in Enugu

South east governors and other leaders of the Igbo ethnic group have condemned hate speech, and lent their support to restructuring Nigeria on the basis of fairness and equality.

The Chairman of the South East Governors Forum and governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi, announced this at the end of a meeting of South east Governors and members of the National Assembly from the zone.

Others at the meeting, which began on Saturday in Enugu, were the Ohaneze Ndigbo group and selected Igbo Leaders of Thought.

In a communique at the end of the meeting, which was read by Ebonyi governor, David Umahi,  the Igbo leaders called on the federal government and all Nigerian leaders to commence a process of dialogue among Nigerians, on the modalities of restructuring within a reasonable time frame.

They said Nd’igbo were in full support of a united Nigeria where peace, love and fairness were paramount, regardless of creed, ethnicity, gender or political affiliation.

The Igbo leaders also condemned all hate speech and conduct from any segment of the country.

They supported the report of the National Conference of 2014 and urged the Nigerian government to set up structures that would enable its implementation within a reasonable time.

The South East governors, members of the National Assembly from the region and the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo are also to constitute an official body that will from now on, speak on behalf of the Igbos on political matters.