Igbo governors warn Kanu his demands can’t be absolute – Nigeria Latest News Headlines

The south-east governors have told IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu that confrontation is not the way go about his agitation for a state of Biafra.
The Igbo governor met with Kanu in Enugu on Wednesday and told him his demands must not be absolute.
The two-and-a-half-hour meeting also resolved to engage the entire leadership of IPOB in further dialogue to address their demands.
Kanu arrived Enugu Government House around 1.30 p.m. in the company of a constitutional lawyer, Ben Nwabueze, who is also the leader of Igbo Leaders of Thought,
ILT, and Eliot Uko, deputy secretary of ILT.
The Chairman of the South-east Governors Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi; Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; and Anambra Deputy Governor, Nkem Okeke, were present at the meeting.
The Imo and Abia governors, Rochas Okorocha and Okezie Ikpeazu, were said to have travelled outside the county.
Umahi read the communiqué after the meeting.
The federal government is planning to re-arrest Kanu on alleged violations of his bail condition.
The separatist leader has been charged with treasonable offences.


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South-East govs, Nnamdi Kanu meet in Enugu, call for dialogue – Nigeria Latest News Headlines

IPOB supreme leader, Nnamdi Kanu (L) versus Arewa Youths

Nnamdi Kanu (centre) with South-East governors.

GOVERNORS of the South-East geopolitical zone have begun moves to persuade the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to drop his struggle for an independent state of Biafra.

The governors met Kanu at the Government House, Enugu, behind closed doors for several hours on Wednesday, where issues such as Biafra Republic and the forthcoming Anambra State governorship election were said to have been discussed.

Briefing journalists at the end of the meeting, chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, said they had noted the demands and concerns of IPOB.

“The South-East governors today met with the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, together with Professor Ben Nwabueze and Evangelist Elliot Uko.

“The meeting deliberated on the demands of IPOB and noted their concerns accordingly.

“However, the meeting agreed that these demands by IPOB should not be absolute, rather the South East governors shall immediately engage the leader and the entire leadership of IPOB in further meetings and dialogue, with a view to quickening the resolutions of all issues amicably,” the communique read.

Nigerian Tribune observed that the Radio Biafra director, who was in a Jewish attire, arrived the venue of the meeting in a white Toyota Venza with inscription ” Eze S I Kanu,” accompanied by an ash color Toyota Sienna at about 1:20 p.m. amid tight security and was later driven off immediately after posing for a group photograph with the governors.

Meanwhile, the governors and some Igbo leaders, including the president of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo and former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, commenced another round of meeting after Kanu had left.

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Thousands of council workers support LG autonomy in Ebonyi – Nigeria Latest News Headlines

By Peter Okutu

ABAKALIKI—MEMBERS of National Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE,    yesterday in their numbers took to the streets and major roads in Abakaliki to support the ongoing clamour for autonomy within the local government system.

The workers, who carried placards with various inscriptions, also stormed the House of Assembly and Government House Abakaliki where they were addressed by the state Head of Service, Dr. Chamberlin Nwele.

Speaking at the Government House Gate Abakaliki during the protest, National Trustee of NULGE, Comrade Abimbola Babaloloa said local government autonomy will stop deductions of local government allocation by governors.

He noted that the autonomy will bring sanity to the system and strengthen the local government administration in the country.

“If we have our own resources, we will manage it well. We want direct allocations to local governments so that it will stop the deductions being made by our governors. When we have them in our poll, we know how to utilize them better for the people.   We want democracy to get to the roots, let democracy thrive at the grassroots; let it be to the standard everybody wants.

“In the past, leadership was grown from the local government system but this day, everything has just been in shambles including the election that is being handled by the SIECs. We want LG election to be handled by INEC. Lets have democracy at the grassroots. We are the people that are voting”, he said.

On his part, the state NULGE President, Comrade Leonard Nkah argued that with full autonomy, the third tier of government will provide more dividends of democracy to the people.

“Politically, autonomy will create a level playing ground for true grassroots politicians to emerge as chairmen and councillors. This will surely create such level of stability that will attract high profile individuals to come and participate in the grassroots governance and contribute their quota towards an enviable local government system, thus reducing the pressure and quest for state/federal appointments.”

Responding, the state Head of Service Dr. Chamberlin Nwele said that in Ebonyi state, over 50% of the local governments cannot pay salaries of the local government workers.

“About seven out of the 13 local government areas in Ebonyi state cannot pay salaries of workers in the system. Should we have local government autonomy?

”Today, salaries are paid on or before 15th of every month in the state at both the state and local  government levels because of the governor’s ingenuity in managing the lean resources of the state,” he said.

 

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