Two days after a coalition of youth groups in norther issued a 3-month ultimatum to Igbos in the region to leave before October 1, Governors from the south-east region are asking northern leaders to advise their youths.

They want the northern youths to desist from making inflammatory statements that could heat up the polity.

The South-East Governors Forum made the call on Thursday in Abakaliki, in a statement signed by Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi, its Chairman.

Sixteen northern youth associations made the demand for Igbos to leave in a declaration they dubbed the ‘Kaduna Declaration’.

The South-East governors said that they had carefully considered the contents of the ultimatum and reflected on its implications for Igbos.

“The lives and properties of law-abiding citizens of Igbo extraction are as precious as the lives and properties of all Nigerians, irrespective of the region of their abode within this republic.

“Their lives and properties must be guaranteed and defended against all forms of threat both domestic and external by security forces and agencies,” the governors said.

They said they were collaborating with security agencies to ensure the safety of all law-abiding Nigerian resident in the zone, including northerners.

Igbos in the north were also asked to go about their lawful businesses without fear of intimidation or molestation.