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Umahi, group urge governors to lead by example

By Leo Sobechi (Abuja) and Charles Ogugbuaja (Owerri)
04 October 2021   |   3:07 am
Given their penchant to stay away from meetings to discuss peace, security and socio-economic interest of Ndigbo, Chairman of South East Governors’ Forum (SEGF), David Umahi

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Given their penchant to stay away from meetings to discuss peace, security and socio-economic interest of Ndigbo, Chairman of South East Governors’ Forum (SEGF), David Umahi of Ebonyi State, has urged his colleagues to avoid sending representatives to crucial meetings.

In a notice of meeting and invitation to the planned gathering of South-East leaders, including the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, traditional, religious and political groups, Umahi informed the governors of Abia, Anambra, Enugu and Imo states that the October 5 meeting would touch on very pressing matters.

Tomorrow’s meeting, which holds in Enugu, will, apart from thrashing the issues of insecurity ravaging the South East, seek alternative strategies to rein in the excesses of disgruntled youths and ensure that the November 6 Anambra governorship poll is without chance occurrences.

Worried at the increasing wave of insecurity in the South East, the Igbo National Movement (INM) has charged the five governors to demonstrate leadership by stepping up the security architecture in the region to save life and property.

In a statement, yesterday, the Coordinator, Anthony Okolo; Youth Leader, Shawn Eneja; Legal Adviser, Eze Eluche; Media Adviser, Peter Kalu; and Director of Mobilisation, Onyema Uche, asserted that the violence in the region was a sign of leadership failure.

The statement reads: “The recent spate of violence in the South East region, notably Anambra State, over the past few days, is, at the same time, a sign of leadership failure, and/or a tell-tale sign of state failure.”

The group was particularly irked by the killing of the widower of Prof. Dora Akunyili, who called for urgent attention.

“The killing of Dr. Chike Akunyili, along with close to a dozen others, in just one day around Nkpor, Anambra State, spells, more than any recent event, the height of insecurity in the South East.