However, a statement which he personally signed and made available to Gistcribng.com a few hours after jetting out of the meeting, reads in full:
Before now, prominent leaders and groups had insisted that I tow the line of peaceful dialogue and meet with the Governors to find a lasting solution to our grievances. I conceded to that request which led to the 30th of August 2017 meeting with the South-East Governors Forum at the Government House in Enugu, in the company of the very eminent Prof. Ben Nwabueze and Evangelist Elliott Ugochukwu-Ukoh.
In view of the concerted effort by the oppressive Nigerian state to shatter the peace and tranquility of the South-East and the rest of Biafraland through Military intimidation, it has become necessary for me to clarify why regrettably, I may not be able to attend Friday’s meeting with the South-East Governors, as earlier agreed, for three main reasons.
2.) I have been reliably informed also, that a detachment of this same Soldiers responsible for the murder of innocent unarmed IPOB family members, have now been stationed near Enugu to ambush and assassinate me on my way to the meeting with the Governors on Friday.
3.) On that same Friday the 15th of September 2017, the leadership of IPOB through the instrumentality of the Directorate of State (DOS) headquartered in Germany, will be meeting to vote on the viability or otherwise of continuing our struggle in this non-violent manner. There is urgent need to begin the process of defending ourselves in the face of relentless murderous attacks from the Nigerian state.