Yesterday, Ohanaeze Ndigbo made a resolution to dispatch a delegation to President Bola Tinubu, seeking his intervention in addressing the escalating insecurity in the zone.
Those in attendance at the meeting comprised Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, as well as Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, Governor Francis Nwifuru of Ebonyi State, and Senator Chris Ngige, the former governor of Anambra State.
Other notable individuals present included Mr. Ikedi Ohakim, a former governor of Imo State; Pius Anyim, the former Senate President; 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.
This decision was reached during an emergency meeting held at the Imo State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja.
Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, who hosted the meeting lasting more than four hours, emphasized that insecurity remains the foremost challenge confronting the region.
Uzodinma said: “We have identified insecurity as the problem of South East for now, and it is at the front burner and must be addressed.
“The Federal Government in the past has supported us, but we think that the Federal Government can do more. So among other resolutions, we resolved today to make a representation to the President for his intervention to be able to bring insecurity in the region to an end. 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.”
S-East govs can’t tackle insecurity alone — Iwuanyanwu.
Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, expressed that the Southeast governors, in collaboration with lawmakers from the region, are actively seeking a lasting solution to the challenges faced by the people.
Iwuanyanwu stated, “To be honest, I cannot disclose the specifics of our plans. The issue of insecurity cannot be resolved by the Southeast governors alone. We have agreed that Ohanaeze’s leadership, along with the governors and lawmakers, will engage with the President. The challenges in the Southeast are extensive and require more than just the efforts of the governors. It is a problem that affects all Nigerians, and the President’s support will be crucial for the governors.”
During a conversation with journalists, Senator Chris Ngige, the former Minister of Labour and Employment, mentioned, “The newly elected President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, and his cabinet members came to meet with us, including the governors, National Assembly members, former ministers, and other stakeholders from the Southeast.”
Ngige said: “In the main, we were discussing the issue of security of our region. They are security and the economy. It is the first maiden visit, and we have taken some important resolutions.”
To discuss Nnamdi Kanu, Simon Ekpa, sit-at-home —Source
However, a reliable source who had access to the meeting disclosed that the discussions primarily focused on concerns related to the sit-at-home directive, the ongoing detention of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and the self-proclaimed Biafra Prime Minister, Simon Ekpa.
The source further revealed that a decision was reached to send a delegation to President Tinubu within the next two weeks, seeking his intervention in these matters.
The source said: “The meeting discussed security in Southeast, and everybody agreed that we will now be discussing without political party affiliation in mind and that there is government in place, and the government in place should be recognized and supported.
“The issue of Nnamdi Kanu was discussed, and it was agreed that we should draw up a delegation that will go and see President Bola Tinubu on the security situation in the Southeast, including Nnamdi Kanu and Simon Ekpa within the next two weeks.”