Chairman of the South-East Governor’s Forum and Governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi, yesterday said the region does not support the idea of “Eastern Security Network” launched by the Nnamdi Kanu’s IPOB.
Abacityblog.com reported that Kanu had recently launched a security outfit known as “Eastern Security Network(ESN).”
Speaking on why he lauched the outfit, the IPOB leader said, “it was launched to protect the old Eastern zone from Fulani herdsmen and other security challenges.
According to Kanu, “the outfit became imperative because of the failure of the governors and leaders of the zone to take proactive measures towards the protection of lives and property of the people.
Reacting to Kanu’s statement on why he launched ESN, Umahi insisted that the region remains the safest in the entire nation and does not need Kanu’s outfit.
Umahi who stated this while briefing journalists in his office in Abakaliki on Friday, urged the people to disregard the purported security outfit, noting that the governors and leaders of the region were doing everything within their powers to protect the lives and property of the citizens and that of those from other regions living in the area.
He expressed worry that some youths from the region allowed themselves to be engaged for the destruction of lives and property, vowing that leaders of the zone will resist the outfit.
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“Our region remains the safest and nobody can controvert this. And so, our brother said he has formed security outfit for the southeast. It is very laughable and should be totally ignored.
“I commend very highly the Southeast Governors. It is only in the Southeast that the leaders are being castigated openly. It is the duty of the Governors to protect the lives of the citizens and also the citizens of other regions living in their states that are not from Southeast. I want them to ignore the side distractions.
“We are doing a lot in education of our people, payment of salaries, infrastructure development and most especially the security of our people. No Governor will come openly to tell you A to Z what he is doing about security. But I want it to be debated whether Southeast is not the safest in the country.
“We need to warn that our youths should desist from being engaged for the destruction of lives and property.
“During the #EndSARS, this happened in all the states of the Southeast. The Governors of Southeast will no longer tolerate that. We continue to keep our eyes on the ball to ensure that anybody living under our care is protected”, he said.