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December 8, 2023
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OCHIE Igbo tasks FG on tackling insecurity in southeast

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By Taiye Agbaje

An Igbo group, Odinala Cultural Heritage Foundation (OCHIE Igbo) has called on the Federal Government to come clean on the issue of insecurity ravaging social and commercial activities in southeast.
The group, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Caleb Ekene Onwe, tasked President Bola Tinubu to make a categorical statement on the matter.
It regretted that governors of southeast zone had allowed political differences and selfish primitive acquisition to divert their attention from the crucial need for collective action against the menace of insecurity.

OCHIE Igbo recalled that a few years ago, the southeast was the quintessential bride and cynosure of the entire country, noting that the zone played host to many Nigerians in search of leisure and business due to the prevailing peace.
“However, since 2019, our zone has been locked in a vortex of intractable and unexplainable security issues that seem to have defied solution.
“Painfully, the southeast governors have capitalised on the ugly situation to increase their security votes, without any commensurate improvement in security.

“We make bold to say that the factors militating against security of life and property in the southeast are not entirely unknown.

“Rather, what is unknown is why the governors of the zone have elected to profit from the malaise, whilst the Federal Government on its part sees it as an opportunity to show force or demonstrate military might.

“The resultant effect and impact of the military operations in the south-east leaves much to be desired”, the group stated,” it said.

The group, therefore, appealed to President Tinubu to unconditionally release Nnamdi Kanu in order to douse the l being generated by his incarceration.
It also urged the federal government to send strong caution to Simon Ekpa, an acclaimed member of the proscribed IPOB, through the Embassy of Finland in Nigeria.
The group assured Ndigbo of its continued pursuit for the preservation of peace and social harmony in the region.(NAN)(www.nannews.ng)
edited by Sadiya Hamza

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