The Governor of Ebonyi State and Chairman of the Southeast Governors’ Forum, David Umahi has made it clear that the Southeast leaders have no hand in the formation of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) by the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
This was even as the IPOB insisted that the ESN has come to stay because it is a child of necessity, with Governor Umahi describing such security network as very laughable and should be ignored.
In a statement, the IPOB accused the governors of being against the wish of the masses, describing their disapproval of the outfit as very shameful.
The group claimed that the governors, by their statement against ESN, are only exposing their emptiness and detachment from the people.
The statement read: “At a time when well-meaning individuals and groups from entire Southern Nigeria and Middle Belt are hailing the setting up of ESN, the so-called governors are busy advertising their opposition to the people they claim to be leading. Anyway, they never had the mandate of the people. So, we are not surprised.
“Our message to the treacherous South-East governors and their South-South counterparts is that ‘the train has since left the station’ and can’t reverse its course. It’s pretty too late to have a rethink. The people have got what they long desired which the cowardly governors failed to give them because of selfish political interest.
“May we remind the traitors that the Eastern region cannot be sacrificed on the altar of their political interest. It’s either they key in or shape out! The East can exist without them. They should steer clear because they can’t withstand the force behind ESN.”