Insecurity In S’East: Anya-Ndi-Igbo Calls For An End To Destruction Of Lives, Livelihoods

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Dr. Uma-Eleazu, Leader of Anya-Ndi-Igbo

*ROLAND OGBONNAYA

Concerned by the festering insecurity in the South East, Anya-Ndi-Igbo, a non-partisan organisation has called for an urgent end to the destruction of lives and livelihoods in the region.

It said though Nigerians from all works of life are facing the biggest threat to their lives and livelihoods, the Nigerian Constitution empowers the federal government to secure lives and property.

Anya-Ndi-Igbo, in a statement made available to journalists in Lagos, recalled that in recent years and particularly in the past three years, the scale and depth of insecurity in the South East have become unbearable.

It further stated that terrorist-type invasions accompanied by massacre and sacking of entire communities, which are hardly countered by the Federal and States Governments have become a common feature of the region, as other types of merchants of crime, violence and torture have joined the rampage, thereby creating hell on earth for residents and travelers in the region.

The statement was signed by Dr. Uma Eleazu, Prof Ihechukwu Madubuike, Chris Okoye, Dr Abraham Nwankwo, Sir Okey Nwadinobi, Major General Nick Rogers, Nnedinso Ogaziechi, Ikechukwu Amaechi and representative of Women Groups.

Anya-Ndi-Igbo condemns the havoc being wrecked on Ndi-Igbo by the existence of non-state actors in the South East, under different guises, acronyms and for other reasons, advocating that only organisations that exist by the relevant laws and Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria should engage in law enforcement.

The objective, the group stated, is to make Ala-Igbo safe, not only for Ndi-Igbo but also attractive to people from other parts of the country that choose to live in the region.

Anya-Ndi-Igbo further advised the South East Governors to go the extra mile in addressing security challenges and make security the topmost priority of their administration in order to reverse the current ugly trend. They should also use all legitimate powers to stabilise and secure their States from further descent into chaos and work with federal authorities to restore normalcy.

“We encourage the Federal Government to open its doors for engagement and dialogue with all agitation groups as a way of understanding what the issues are and to resolve the genuine cases.

“We request the Federal Government to put all relevant measures in place to ensure that there is peace and Nigerians are protected as they come out to vote in 2023. All hands must be on deck to ensure that the right things are done.

“We appeal to the commanders of the armed forces to collaborate with other State actors to work in synergy to maintain law and order. An insecure nation is a threat to all. It affects our general well-being and scares away our financially strong diaspora community as well as genuine investors.

“It is in line with this understanding that Anya-Ndi-Igbo, a non-partisan organisation, committed to peace, security and development of Ala-Igbo and to peaceful co-existence between Ndi-Igbo and other nationalities, makes the following statements.

“We urge all communities in collaboration with the State Governments and the Nigeria Police Force to revive and strengthen their customary methods of protecting their communities to safeguard themselves on a continuing basis.

“We request the Association of Igbo Town Unions (ASITU) to coordinate the implementation in the spirit of their continued selfless contribution to the welfare of Ala-Igbo. We plead with our revered Ecclesiastical Fathers and Traditional Authorities to bless and support these efforts,” the group emphasised.

Anya-Ndi-Igbo reminded the five governors of the South East States that “they cannot abandon their responsibility by allowing this anarchy and festival of blood to continue. They are expected to use their constitutional powers to do the needful, as the Governments of Benue, Rivers and South Western States have done to arrest insecurity in their respective territories.

“Governors in the South East should use their membership of the Nigeria Police Council to demand changes to increase the operational efficiency of the Police. A situation where the Commissioner of Police in a State can be posted out, without the input of the State Governor, the State Attorney General, and the State Ministry of Justice is unacceptable.

“South East State governments should enlarge their Ministries of Justice by adding Internal Security to their mandate. The Internal Security desk would cooperate with the police and other security agencies to agree on approaches to solving the security problems in the region,” they stated.

“Anya-Ndi-Igbo calls on all the sons and daughters of Alaigbo to think about creative and constructive ways of reversing the prevailing security, economic and political challenges in the region as a solemn duty. It is not time for ambivalence or complicit silence.”

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