Governors and lawmakers from the South East as well as the Igbo Socio Cultural Organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo have resolved to send a delegation to President Bola Tinubu to intervene in stemming the tide of insecurity in the zone.
The stakeholders took the decision after an emergency meeting at the Imo state Governor’s Lodge in Abuja.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting, Imo state Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma who hosted sons and daughters of the Southeast emphasized that insecurity remained the greatest challenge facing the region and must be addressed.
Governor Uzodimma who explained that the federal government in the past had supported the region still solicited the federal government’s efforts for lasting peace in the region .
“We have identified insecurity as the problem of South East for now and it is at the front burner and must be addressed” Gov Uzodimma stated.
“The federal government in the past had supported us but we think that the federal government can do more, So among other resolutions, we resolved to make a representation to the President for his intervention to be able to bring insecurity in the region to an end” he added.
“So any moment from now, we’ll be putting together an arrangement to visit the president and discuss with him, there are certain things we cannot do very well without the federal government. Security is in the Exclusive List and only the federal government can deploy as appropriate” Governor Uzodimma explained.
Earlier in his address, President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu said the five governors of the Southeast are working together with lawmakers from the zone to find lasting solution to challenges facing the people.
“Frankly speaking, I am not going to give you the details of what we want to do. The problem of insecurity is one that cannot be solved by the Southeast governors alone, but we have resolved that the leadership of Ohanaeze, the governors and lawmakers to get in touch with the President because the problem in South East is too much, is too big for the governors alone. It is a Nigerian problem and the president will give support to the governors”. Chief Iwuanyanwu noted.
Speaking to journalists, the immediate past Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, said the aim of the meeting was to proffer solutions to the insecurity confronting the Southeast region.
Some notable personalities at the meeting led by the President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu include the Imo State governor, Hope Uzodimma, his Ebonyi State counterpart, Francis Nwifuru and former governor of Anambra State, Senator Chris Ngige.
Others are former governor Ikedi Ohakim, former Senate President, Pius Anyim, Osita Chidoka, Prof. Maurice Iwu, Senators Victor Umeh, Tony Nwoye, Sam Egwu, Enyinnaya Abaribe, Darlington Nwokocha, Dave Umahi, Prof. ABC Nwosu, Ambassador Kema Chikwe, Mrs Josephine Anenih, and Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo.
The meeting which lasted for over five hours was aimed at proffering solutions to the numerous challenges bedeviling the southeast region of the country.
Georgina Humphrey, Edited By Grace Namiji
Written by: Kevin Nwabueze
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