The South-East governors and other leaders have mandated all the states in the zone to launch the region’s security outfit, Ebube-Agu, before the end of the year.
This was stated by the Igbo leaders in the eight-point communiqué issued at the end of their meeting in Enugu, the Enugu State capital. Anambra Governor, Willie Obiano, did not attend.
At the meeting also attended by the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, traditional rulers, National Assembly leaders, the clergy and other prominent leaders, mandated the governors and all the people of the South East do everything within the law to ensure that there is no further sit-at-home in the South -East.
In the communiqué, which was read by the Chairman of South-East Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi, the leaders condemned the killings in the region and resolved to support the security agencies to stop the mayhem.
“The meeting condemned the sit-at-home orders, which are mostly issued by our people in the Diaspora who do not feel the pains. In view of the information that even IPOB had cancelled the sit-at-home, the meeting resolved that governors and all people of the South -East do everything within the law to ensure that there is no further sit-at-home in the South- East and that people are allowed to freely move about in the zone;
“The meeting agreed that the South- East Ebube Agu security outfit be launched in all the South-East states and laws passed in various South-East states before the end of 2021.”
Umahi further revealed that the meeting received the committee report on various matters affecting the South-East, especially on the issue of security and marginalization of the zone. According to him, the leaders also resolved to support the election in Anambra State and urged security agencies to ensure a peaceful election on November 6.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will go on with the poll despite security threat in the state.
Meanwhile, what obviously missed from their deliberation was the incarceration of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPoB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who had been in detention since June, 2021.
Those in attendance were Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Enugu, David Umahi, Ebonyi, Hope Uzodinma, Imo and the deputy governor of Abia state, Ude Okochukwu who represented Okezie Ikpeazu.
Others include former governors of Abia Theodore Orji, Ebonyi, Martins Elechi, National Assembly leader South East, Ike Ekwemadu, senator Representing Abia South Enyinnaya Abaribe.
Others are former Enugu State Governor, Okwesilieze Nwodo, former President General of Ohananeze Ndigbo, Nnia Nwodo, Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, Deputy Minority leader, House of Representatives, Toby Okechukwu, chairman of Enugu State Traditional Rulers Council, Ambassador Lawrence Agubuzu, among others.
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