Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has revealed that South-east governors and Igbo leaders are planning to meet with President Bola Tinubu to discuss the rising insecurity in the region. Uzodinma, after a meeting with Tinubu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, stated that the governors and the leadership of the Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, have resolved to address the security challenges in the South-east.
Uzodinma highlighted the persistent insecurity in the region, including banditry, kidnapping, and activities of unknown gunmen, despite efforts and resources invested in tackling the situation. The leaders intend to seek the president’s support in addressing the security issues.
During the meeting, the Igbo leaders are expected to reiterate their demand for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the separatist leader currently facing prosecution by the federal government for treason.
Regarding the recurring sit-at-home orders issued by a faction of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Uzodinma clarified that the orders were not authorized by the state governments or the federal government. He attributed the compliance with the orders to fear and the perception of insecurity rather than their legitimacy.
When asked about diplomatic options to address the actions of IPOB faction leader Simon Ekpa, Uzodinma emphasized that such matters fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government. He stressed the need for the federal government to address both foreign and local contributors to the insecurity problem in the region.
Additionally, Uzodinma mentioned that while he does not personally operate the security vote in Imo State, he believes governors should have a certain degree of flexibility and funds to effectively manage security issues. He advocated for governors to be given the necessary resources to fulfill their responsibilities and deliver results.