5th October, 2021
A meeting of South-East leaders ended in Enugu on Tuesday with a declaration that no further sit-at-home would be observed in the zone.
Residents of the region had remained under lockdown on Monday, despite IPOB’s verbal order to cancel the earlier directive.
A communiqué issued after the meeting was read by the Chairman of South-East Governors’ Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi.
The meeting was attended by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State (Host), Senator Hope Uzodimma, Abia State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu, National Assembly members from the South-East geo-political zone.
Other attendees include former Governors, former Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika (rtd), leaders of the religious and traditional institutions from the zone, including leaders of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, among others.
At the commencement of the meeting, they observe a minute silence for all those who have lost their lives to the security challenges in the country, especially in the South-East zone.
Full text of the communiqué below:
1. The Governors and leaders of the South East condemned the killings in the region and have agreed to join hands with security agencies to stop the killings;
2. The meeting condemned the sit-at-home orders, which are mostly issued by our people in the diaspora who do not feel the pains, the meeting resolved that Governors and all people of
the south East do everything within the law to ensure that there is no further sit-at-home in the South East and that people are allowed to freely move about in the zone;
3. The meeting agreed that the South East Ebubeagu security outfit be launched in all the South East States and laws passed in the various the South East States before the end of 2021;
4. The meeting received the Committee report from Ohaneze on various matters affecting the South East, especially on the issue of security and marginalization of the South East people, and resolved to study the reports from Ohaneze Worldwide for immediate implementation, and engagement with the Federal Government for amicable settlement of all issues agitating the minds of our people, especially the youths;
5. The meeting agreed to support security agencies to restore peace in the South-East;
6. The meeting resolved to support the election in Anambra State and directed security agencies to ensure a peaceful election in Anambra State come November 6, 2021.
7. The meeting commended all groups and the clergy for their efforts at interfacing with our youths
8. The meeting mandated our clergymen, Bishops, CAN, Ohaneze and Traditional Rulers to continue to dialogue with our youths.