EndSARS Protests: Southeast Leaders Commit Young People to Sustainable Peace
The leaders of the southeastern geopolitical zone, which includes the region’s governors, National Assembly members, ministers, clergy, traditional rulers, Igbo leaders and women leaders, rose from Thursday’s meeting. closed the doors to Government House, Enugu, and decided to involve young people in ensuring sustainable peace in the area as well as “a bright future for our children.”
Igbo leaders sympathized with all the families of the victims of the #EndSARS protests, including the police and other security forces, “as well as all those who lost their loved ones and property during the recent unrest.”
Addressing reporters after the meeting, Chairman of the Southeast Governors Forum (SEGF) and Governor of the State of Ebony Ingres. David Umahi said that “state governors are committed to addressing our young people’s concerns that are unique to different states and will engage the federal government and their counterparts in other states in other national issues.”
The SEGF president said that “every state in the southeast will create a fund to help victims of the crisis, including the police, army and other security services, as well as the civilian population.”
Southeast leaders warned young people that “while our rulers work hard to meet their demands, the destruction of public and private property and the killing of security personnel and civilians will never continue.”
Offering to protect all ethnic groups living in the southeast, the leaders thanked other parts of Nigeria for protecting Igbo in their areas.
“Therefore, we order all Igbo, both inside and outside Nigeria, to carry out their activities, and we must not participate in any form of illegal protests and crimes,” they said.
The meeting was also attended by Governor Ifeani Ugwuani of Enugu State, his colleague from Abia State, Dr. Okezi Ikpeazu, Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Nkem Okeke, Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prof. .Plasid Njoku, General President Ohanaese Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, Senator Ike Ekveremadu, Senator Rochas Okorocha, Senator Sam Egwu, Senator Uche Ekunife.
Others include Foreign Minister Jeffrey Onyama, the Honorable Minister of State for Mines and Metals. Uchechukwu Oga, Minister of State for the Environment, The Honorable Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor, Obi of Onitsha, HRM, Igwe Alfred Achebe, Dr. Okvesiliye Nwodo, Chief Emmanuel Ivuanyanwu, Ambassador. Ms Justina Eze et al.