-Acting President Yemi Osinbajo commenced the consultative meeting with regional and religious leaders from the north at the Presidential Villa, Abuja
- The meeting will be followed by the one with state governors and leaders of thought from the south-east on Wednesday
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has scheduled meeting with 36 state governors over quite notice to igbos on Thursday, June 22, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The tension arose as a result of the agitation for secession by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and the quit notice given to Igbos living in the north by northern youth groups.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the leaders of southern Nigeria under Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo had earlier demanded that the acting president refrain from meeting with the south-east leaders.
NAIJ.com gathered that the leaders were led by Chief Ayo Adebanjo (Afenifere), former Chief of General Staff, Chief Ebitu Ukiwe (Ohanaeze Ndigbo) and Chief Albert Horsefall (South South).
According to them, they had come together to together in the interest of peace, equity, social justice and political tolerance.
It was learnt that the southern leaders had objected to the exclusion of south-west and south-south leaders in the meetings Osinbajo had so far held with leaders from the North and South East.
They said that the south must be taken as one in the consultations as they believe that an attack on the south-east is an attack on the south.
Meanwhile the presidency declined to directly respond to the demands as at Tuesday, June 20.
It was learnt that Laolu Akande, the senior special assistant to the vice president on media and publicity, did not remarked on the southern leaders demand but stressed that his meetings that had already been scheduled would go on.
He said: “Government is always engaged in formal and informal engagements with people. And in this case, in addition to meeting with leaders from the south-east and the north, acting president will be meeting all state governors later this week.”
''Pressed further to be specific on the southern leaders’ demands, the acting president’s spokesman said: “The way we are involving them (southern leaders) is by meeting with these people. We are meeting with state governors.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had condemned a statement credited to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on the renewed agitation for Biafra.
The IPOB in a statement signed by its media and publicity secretary Emma Powerful said the group has not violated any law as portrayed by Osinbajo.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV Video of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu denied reports that he has flouted any of the bail conditions given to him by a Federal High court in Abuja: