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The South East Governors' Forum says it will have an emergency meeting in the zone with Federal Security Chiefs,
leadership of farmers and herdsmen to stop the increased movement of herdsmen in the zone to prevent possible clashes.
Arising from the South East Governors' Forum (SEGF) at the Government House Enugu, the governors said they had noticed increased challenges in the movement of herdsmen from one state and region to another with resultant effect of massive destruction of farmland with attendant clashes with farmers.
At the meeting were chairman of the Forum, Engineer David Umahi of Ebonyi State, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, represented by his Deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke and Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, who was also represented by his Deputy, Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu.
President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, representative of the NNPC, members of the Southeast Traditional Rulers’ Council including the Obi of Onitsha Igwe Alfred Achebe, among others.
Addressing newsmen shortly after the meeting, the Chairman of the South East Governors' forum, Engineer Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State lamented the huge funds the governors in the zone have been spending in settling farmers whose farms and crops were destroyed by herdsmen and their cattle, restating that Governors of the region have not donated any portion of land in the zone for ranching since the area lacks sufficient land for ranching.
On restructuring, Governor Umahi said the Igbo position on the matter was presented to SEGF by the Ohanaeze President, Chief Nnia Nwodo, based on the resolutions arising from the Awka enlarged Igbo meeting, adding that Nwodo also laid down the template to the governors.
Umahi said the forum thanked Ohanaeze on the job well-done and reiterated its earlier stand that restructuring is the only way forward for Nigeria, pointing out that the governors would take a careful look at the template of restructuring and would make its final stand clear by their next meeting.
The governors used the medium to commiserate with the governor of Plateau State and the people for the recent killings in the state while condemning the killings and joined other regions to demand justice for the Plateau people.
The Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha did not attend nor send a representative.

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