The South-East governors on Sunday resolved to unveil a security outfit for the region in order to tackle security challenges facing the region.
They said the name of the security outfit would be made known to the public during the South-east Governors’ Forum next meeting, adding that all the necessary arrangements for the take-off of the outfit are on course.
Briefing journalists yesterday after a virtual meeting of the forum alongside other Igbo leaders in Abakaliki, the Chairman of the forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi, said after unveiling the outfit, the commissioners for justice of the different South-east states would finalise a draft bill for passage into law by each state’s Houses of Assembly to give a legal backing to the security outfit.
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council worldwide had called on south-east governors to establish a joint security outfit to address insecurity issues in the region.
Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the group’s president, and Okwu Nnabuike, its secretary general, made the request in a statement.
On January 9, south-west governors will launch “Amotekun”, a regional security outfit.
Ohanaeze youth asked the governors of Imo, Abia, Enugu, Ebonyi and Anambra to emulate their counterparts in the south-west.
The statement reads, “OYC call on the South East governors to establish a joint security outfit that will uniformly curb crimes and insecurity challenges emanating from suspected herdsmen.
“We want the South East governors forum to replicate in the South East, the new security outfit recently announced by Southwest governors “Amotekun” which will commence work on January 9th 2020. All over the world, security of lives and property remains the top priority of every government.
“OYC is ready to assist the South East Governors to draw up a master strategic plan, design to provide palliative measures and prevent crime through partnerships with security agents and ensure that crime and insecurity challenges are reduced to minimal level, for increased dividends of democracy, foreign investments, makes Southeast safe for businesses to thrive, and exploit her potential and become the fastest growing economies in West Africa. This security outfit will also create employment for Igbo youths.”
The group also said Igbo across the country will experience more hardship in year 2020.
It said the current year will be tougher in the areas of security, economic policies, social security/welfare and infrastructural facilities, which “are in ruins across the zone for decades now”.
“Igbos should be their brothers keeper in the face of any adversity and provocative threats in other to avoid being sacrificial Lamb and major casualties in the hardship that awaits Nigerians in 2020…hunger and tough year awaits all,” the statement read