South-East governors have lamented the region’s rising levels of insecurity and are planning a joint highways patrol as part of efforts to combat the trend.
This was part of their resolution following a meeting on Sunday in Enugu State.
“South-East Governors decried the state of insecurity in the region.
“Our economic activities have come to a halt while kidnapping and wanton killing have become the order of the day,” the governors said in a communique.
“South-East Governors call on the Federal Government to come to our aid in providing security in the Zone bearing in mind that elections are around the corner.
“Meanwhile, South-East Governors have agreed to set up a 24-hour Joint Patrol on all major highways within the South East, especially during the Christmas season.”
The governors also distanced themselves from the Eastern Security Network (ESN), reiterating that they only “jointly formed Ebubeagu and Forest Guards, not ESN.
“So, it is not correct for any person to allude to the fact that South East Governors created ESN”.
On the case involving the leader of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, the South-East Governors’ Forum said it is “watching with keen interest”.
“However, we believe that a political solution is still possible in this circumstance,” they added.
Aside from the IPOB leader, a portion of the governors’ resolution focused on the recent floods in Nigeria, which displaced millions and killed hundreds.
They are urging the federal government to alleviate the suffering of those affected and devise a “long-term solution” to the problem.
“South-East Governors have decided to put funds together to further assist the victims of flooding in our five states in the South-East,” the governors said.
“We, also plead with the Federal Government to please initiate action in the dredging of rivers in the South-East, to ameliorate the destruction of houses, farmlands, and properties.
“We request the Federal Government to come to the aid of the victims in terms of rehabilitation of the internally displaced persons.”