Today's headlines: "Ndigbo doesn't want Biafra"- Gov. Hope, UN decries over attacks in Borno

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Following the attacked in Damasak state, the United Nations has reacted, and decried the attacks by Boko Haram terrorists in the North-east, noting that three international aid partners’ facilities were directly targeted and set ablaze on the terrorist group. 

UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon released a statement that the attack in Damasak will affect support to 8,800 internally displaced persons (IDPs), and 76,000 people in the host community receiving humanitarian assistance and protection. 

He stated that voilent attack occured Last night and through the morning, a violent attack in Damasak town, in Borno State, was reported with three international aid partners’ facilities directly targeted, set ablaze and sustained damage. I continue to be concerned about the safety and security of civilians and humanitarian workers.

He strongly condemn the attack, as humanitarian aid operations and facilities are the lifeline for people affected by violence, and conflict in North-east Nigeria who are dependent on assistance to survive. 

The South east governors had a meeting that appreciated the formation of South-East joint security outfit named Ebube Agu, headquarters in Enugu to coordinate our vigilante in the South-East.

Dave Umahi, Chairman of the South-East Governors Forum, who read a communique issued at the end of the meeting stated that the joint security force will boost security in the region. 

He reads that after exhaustive discussions on the current security challenges in the South-East, and with valuable contributions from participants at the first South-East security summit in Owerri. 

They strongly and unequivocally condemn terrorism, and banditry in any part of Nigeria, particularly in the South-East. The meeting strongly condemns the burning of police stations, violent attacks on custodial centres with the unlawful release of inmates, and the killings including security personnel, natives/ farmers and headsmen.

At the end of the meeting, the five South-East states are on the same page with the federal government on the issue of security challenges in the country. Making it clear that the South-East will stand resolutely with the federal government to fight terrorists and bandits to a finish

The governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma has insisted that Ndigbo doesn't need Biafra. He said this while delivering his address at the first South-East security meeting which was attended by other South East governors in Owerri, the Imo State as well as the stakeholders and security Chiefs were in attendance. 

During his address, he noted that what Ndigbo wants is justice, equity and fairness. A Nigeria that provides a level playing ground for all citizens. That is what we want, not Biafra. And we believe we can get what we want through constructive, and tenacious engagement with fellow Nationals and relevant institutions, not by violence or war. Igbos have seen war, not in storybooks or in movies but real war.

He used the opportunity to debunk some rumours being spread by some people concerning what happened at Owerri Correctional Centre and Imo State Headquarters of the Nigerian Police Command.

The Governor stated that after the attacks in Owerri and the preceding ones in various parts of the South-East, many people have come up with varying degrees of theories concerning the motive of the attackers and its consequences on our people. The most ridiculous of these theories is the one that posits that Igbo no longer want to be part of Nigeria hence their belligerence, and predilection for war, and violence.

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