Igbo Elders Forum Seek Collaboration Among Southeast Govs To Check Insecurity In Region
The United Igbo Elders Forum, an Igbo socio-cultural organisation has raised alarm over the deteriorating state of security in the Southeast.
The group which expressed the worry in the community from their meeting in Awka on Friday called on the governors in the region to synergise and come up with a collective approach to tackling the challenge.
In a Statement signed by Mr Alpha Ikpeama and Mr Harford Ugwu, Coordinator and Secretary of the group, the elders blamed the near lack of coordination among the South East governors for the insecurity in the area.
The said the concept of Community Vigilance Groups should be revived and reinvigorated in their respective states to complete the efforts of the Federal Government.
According to them, strengthening of the community vigilance groups will assist in information and intelligence gathering and this will go a long way to arresting incidents of insecurity in the area.
“We advocate for the effectuation of vigilance groups in all villages and communities in the Southeast.
“This would help in the aspect of information and intelligence gathering and this would also help in assisting the South East governors in the fight against insecurity.
“We also urge the governors in Southeast to work as a body and create the much needed unity as Chief Security Officers of the geopolitical zone to save our land from the sustained insurgency in the area,” it stated.
The body announced that it had set up a seven-man committee headed by former governor of Enugu state Okwesilieze Nwodo to ensure the unification of Igbos through working with the Ohaneze Ndigbo in the battle against insecurity.