By Anayo Ezugwu
THE southeast leaders have called on youths from the region to shun the destruction of public and private properties. The leaders said they are ready to engage the youths to ensure sustainable peace in the southeast.
In a communiqué issued by southeast governors, national assembly members, ministers, southeast clergy, the leadership of traditional rulers, Igbo leaders and women leaders in Enugu on Thursday, October 29, the leaders explained that they are setting up a fund to assist the victims of the crisis. Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State and chairman, southeast Governors’ Forum, who read the communiqué, said the fund would cover civilians, police, army, and other security agencies.
“We sympathize with the victims’ families, including the police, and other security agencies as well as all those who lost their loved ones and properties in the recent disturbance that followed EndSARS agitations. The southeast leaders will engage our youths to ensure sustainable peace in the southeast and a glorious future for our children.
“Each state in the southeast will set up a fund to assist the victims of the crisis, including the police, army and other security agencies as well as civilians. The state governors are committed to addressing the concerns of our people that are peculiar to various states and will engage the federal government and their colleagues in other states to address the other issues that are national.
“We advise all our youths that while governors are working hard to meet their demands, the destruction of public and private properties and killing of security agents and civilians will never be allowed to continue. We, therefore, direct all Igbos, both in and outside Nigeria, to go about their businesses and should not participate in any form of unlawful protest and criminality.
“We offer to protect all ethnic groups living in the southeast and we thank other parts of Nigeria, for protecting our people in their areas too,” he said.
– Oct. 30, 2020 @ 12:49 GMT |