Governors of the five South East states have directed the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, to set up a committee to address “unfair treatment” of Igbo people within 10 days.
This was contained in a communique issued at the end of a meeting of the governors on Sunday in Enugu State.
At the meeting held in Enugu Government House, issues relating to security challenges in the region were discussed.
Also present at the meeting were security operatives, traditional rulers and religious leaders.
Announcing the decision of the governors while addressing journalists at the end of the meeting, Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi, noted that the newly established security outfit of the region,Ebube Agu,will work closely with security agencies to restore peace in the region.
“South East governors and leaders re-stated the adoption of a common joint security outfit called ‘Ebube Agu’, with her regional headquarters in Enugu. ‘Ebube Agu’ will work with the police and other security agencies in her operations to protect lives and property in South East.
“We agreed on the structure and operational modalities of ‘Ebube Agu’ and to set up an advisory board for the security outfit. The honourable attorney-generals and commissioners for justice of the South East states have been directed to work with the joint security committee to come up with the amendment of the existing state laws to reflect the new ‘Ebube Agu’ outfit.
“The meeting directed Ohaneze Ndigbo president to immediately form two committees: South East peace and reconciliation committee to engage our people for the peace and security of our people and her visitors; strategy and welfare committee to engage and protect our people, especially those who are being unfairly treated.
“These committees must become functional within the next 10 days from this date,” Umahi said.
The governors maintained their support for restructuring and state police, adding that “a committee has been set up to work out acceptable modalities and submit them to NEC in its next meeting.”
While condemning the attack on the country home of Imo State governor, Hope Uzodimma, they urged the Federal Government to “fish out the perpetrators and ensure their prosecution.”.
The governors also insisted on the ban on open grazing in the region, and agreed “on the implementation of various #EndSARS youth empowerment programmes as soon as possible.”