Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi on Friday declared that he has always disagreed with the activities and mode of operations of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Umahi made the submission during a meeting between some Igbo leaders and President Muhammadu Buhari who is on a two-day working visit to Ebonyi State.
The Governor stressed that in the early stages of the IPOB activities, he had always openly condemned their mode of operations but some other stakeholders in the region decided to play politics with what was happening.
He added that now, the entire southeast is suffering from the challenges of insecurity and everyone is running helter-skelter for a solution.
‘‘On this issue of a political solution, I have never believed in IPOB’s method of operation, I disagree with them but we have gotten ourselves to a very terrible and pitiable solution,” he said.
‘‘Some of us warned that we will get to this situation and some were playing politics with it.
“Mr President, we are at crossroads. I have been to you and I have begged you for a political solution.
“Surprisingly and graciously you granted that. You said our people should initiate that and at the forefront is Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer.”
Earlier, Naija News had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari says he will not interfere in the trial of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
The Nigerian leader made this known on Friday during a meeting with Ohanaeze Ndigbo and South-East leaders at the Ebonyi Government House in Abakaliki, the state capital.
President Buhari urged the Igbo leaders to allow the court to decide the IPOB leader’s fate and other Igbo youths in detention across the country.
The statement comes as a response to the request for the release of the detained leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The South-East leaders had argued that the release of the IPOB leader will bring peace to the region and stop the agitation of the proscribed group.