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Ohanaeze faction proffers solution to insecurity in South East

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The insecurity rocking the South East will disappear completely, if the governors address youths’ agitation in the zone, a faction of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has said.

In a statement in Abakaliki, yesterday, the Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, explained that all the unknown gunmen were youths from the zone with genuine agitations, noting that their demands should be looked into “if the zone wants to be safe.”

He pleaded with the South East governors to liaise with the Federal Government and look into the agitations by dialoguing with the youths to find a common ground.

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The statement read in part: “After high level meetings and assurances of critical stakeholders in Igboland and Abuja, we have got assurances that South East governors would be encouraged by federal authorities to suppress the increasing threats from unknown gunmen and herdsmen.

“The youths are at the centre of these crises, and there will be retraining and amnesty programmes. Federal authorities should end all marginalisation and provocative actions against South East. There will be town hall meetings with the youths of the zone in May 2021.”

The group assured that the menace would be stamped out, immediately the governors settle with the youths.

Former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, had said that he kept insecurity in check when he held sway in Eastern Heartland by dialoguing with the youths and traditional rulers. He advised incumbent Governor Hope Uzodimma to toe the same path, to cage the unknown gunmen whose activities were threatening to cripple his government.

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide assures Ndigbo that the recent insecurity challenges in the South East will soon disappear.

“Uzodimma should return home immediately, make peace with the youths and settle all differences between him and Imolites. We can assist him wherever he needs help,” the group added.

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