KanyiDaily recalls that last Tuesday, Nnamdi Kanu said he launched the security outfit because of the failure of the South-East Governors to secure the region.
He accused the governors of sleeping over what he called the mass killings of the people of the area, adding that the ESN would bring an end to years of terrorism in Igboland.
However, the Chairman of South East Governors Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, over the weekend, called on the people of the region to ignore the so-called security outfit set up by Nnamdi Kanu.
Umahi distanced the governments and people of the area from the IPOB security arrangement, warning youths to avoid being used as instruments of destruction in the South East.
Reacting in a statement issued on Sunday, IPOB called the the South-East Governors cowards, who wanted to please the powers that be by rejecting the ESN.
“We condemn in very strong terms the recent shameful statement credited to Governor Dave Umahi on behalf of his fellow lily-livered and coward governors of the South-East against the newly established Eastern Security Network,” the statement partly reads.
“Such a cowardly statement is nothing but a shameful display of their irredeemable enslavement and loyalty to their caliphate slave masters, who in the first place appointed them governors.
“They only further exposed their emptiness and detachment from the people. At a time when well-meaning individuals and groups from the entire southern Nigeria and the Middle Belt are hailing the setting up of the ESN, the so-called governors are busy advertising their opposition to the people they claim to be leading. Anyway, they never had the mandate of the people. So, we are not surprised.
“But our message to the treacherous South-East governors and their South-South counterparts is that the train has since left the station and can’t reverse its cause.
“It’s pretty too late to have a rethink. The people have got what they long desired, which the cowardly governors failed to give them because of selfish political interests.
“May we remind the traitors that the eastern region cannot be sacrificed on the altar of their political interests. It’s either they key in or ship out. The East can exist without them. They should steer clear because they can’t withstand the force behind the ESN.
“We reiterate that the ESN is not a Biafra army but a vigilante group established to protect Biafrans against terrorists. The outfit is only a child of necessity born to bridge the gap of leadership failure by both states and the Federal Government to protect lives and property of Biafrans, who are daily dehumanised, raped and killed by Fulani herdsmen and terrorists unchallenged by any security agency.”
KanyiDaily recalls that last year, Nnamdi Kanu had promised a N1 million reward to anyone who gives useful information about overseas travel schedule of Southeast governors and Igbo leaders, so that IPOB would attack them when they leave Nigeria.