The South-East Governors’ Forum has called on the Federal Government to deploy a political solution to the case of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
The governors made the demand on Sunday after an emergency meeting held in Enugu.
The demand forms part of a communique issued at the end of the meeting and read by the forum’s chairman and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi.
Reading the resolutions of the forum, Umahi said, “South-East Governors are watching with keen interest the developments with respect to the case of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu viz-a-viz the Court rulings. However, we believe that a political solution is still possible in this circumstance.”
The forum decried the state of insecurity in the region and expressed worry over economic activities which have come to a halt while kidnapping and wanton killing have become the order of the day.
They also resolved to set up a 24-hour joint patrol in all major highways in the region.
“South-East Governors call on the Federal Government to come to our aid in providing security in the Zone bearing in mind that elections are around the corner.
“Meanwhile, South-East Governors have agreed to set up a 24-hour Joint Patrol in all major highways within the South-East, especially during the Christmas season,” the Forum said.
The Governors commended the States and the Federal Government on efforts so far made to alleviate the sufferings of the victims of the recent flood menace in the country and expressed the hope for a desirable long-term solution.
“South-East Governors have decided to put funds together to further assist the victims of flooding in our five States in the South-East. We also plead with the Federal Government to please initiate action in the dredging of rivers in the South-East, to ameliorate the destruction of houses, farmlands and properties. We request the Federal Government to come to the aid of the victims in terms of rehabilitation of the internally displaced persons,” they said.
At the meeting were Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma who was represented by his deputy, Professor Placid Njoku.