Unconstitutional current security arrangement: Southeast Under Siege ~ By Aloy Ejimakor
How can you secure a people without their participation? When you do that, it runs the grave risk of becoming a belligerent occupation, or worse – a benign conquest.
The ‘expanded’ security meeting on Southeast held recently with SE Governors had an interesting posse of security chiefs in attendance, comprised of the following:
- Maj-Gen Abubakar Maikobi (GOC, 82 Division, Nigerian Army).
- Air Vice-Marshall Idi Amin (Air Officer Commanding).
- Yusuf Ishaku (Director, DSS Anambra).
- Ibrahim (Director, DSS Abia State).
- E. Abdullah (Director, DSS Ebonyi).
- Bimbo Likinyo (Director, DSS Enugu).
- Abdullahi Denja (Director, DSS Imo).
- Mustapha Danduara (CP, Anambra State).
- Ene Okon (CP, Abia State).
- Awosola Awotinde (CP, Ebonyi State).
- Ahmadu Abdulrahman (CP, Enugu State).
- Rabiu Ladodo (CP, Imo State).
You will notice that there’s NO SINGLE IGBO or Southeast person at the helms of deciding matters of security (life and death) that concern people of Southeast.
This is unconstitutional. It’s also wrong, ungodly and dangerous.
How can you secure a people without their participation? When you do that, it runs the grave risk of becoming a belligerent occupation, or worse – a benign conquest. Plus, it breeds popular distrust, which is antithetical to security.
Then, you wonder why the agitation is not letting up.
Southeast is a bona fide part of this country which is a Federation, NOT some unitary contraption.
With all due respects, South East Governors, Senators, Reps, where at thou? Where’s thy mojo? Are you not conscious of the stark reality that these times are perilous?
To Senators and Reps: Please sponsor resolutions against this. Raise a helluva of legislative hell. Start a self-righteous floor fight.
To Speakers of SE Houses of Assembly: Please pass unanimous resolutions conveying your collective legislative outrage. It carries moral and political force, sufficient to rock the boat.
To SE Governors: Please direct your Attorneys-General to immediately levy an aggressive constitutional suit under Section 232 of the Constitution. It might be a matter of first impression. Still, they should gird their loins and bring a flurry to bear.
Don’t allow them to agonize over the pros or cons or become intimidated by some legal ‘technicalities’. The pros are self-evident enough; and getting a fair shake out of this Nigeria, especially when it borders on your security, should admit of no technicalities. Never.
I could have commenced the suit myself but, as a private citizen, I lack the requisite constitutional vires or locus to do so under Section 232.
Besides, a geopolitical ‘class’ action – brought under the full faith and credit of entire Southeast – will pack far more punch than any private action pivoting on ‘discrimination’ under Section 42 of the Constitution.
And this: It’s no longer enough to just complain and go to sleep; or claim that someone is ‘quietly doing something’ through some back channels’. Which back channels?
Take a proactive and cogent action and do it in plain view.