The governor of Imo state, Hope Uzodinma wants an appointment for Southeast leaders and Ohaneze Ndigbo to meet the President over unrelenting insecurity in the region. He advocated latitude for Governors to manage the affairs of the people and to perform their functions effectively.
Recall that while the Federal Government continues to detain the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, the South East has witnessed unrest owing to the Sit-at-Home directive still being enforced.
Uzodimma stressed that while he has no security vote to draw from even as the ‘Chief Security Officer’ of Imo State, he manages to adopt both kinetic and non-kinetic strategies to deal with security challenges as much as he is able to within the law.
The governor insists that the people of Southeast believe in the unity of Nigeria and like other regions, deserve Federal Government support to enable them to live their daily lives and go about their businesses.
He however declined to give details of what the Southeast leaders would be demanding from Tinubu when the meeting holds, but lamented that non-state actors have utilised fear and indiscriminate killings and brigandage to enforce an illegal sit-at-home on some days in the region.
On the claim by former Nigeria Delta militant, Asari Dokubo, that his men are helping the federal Government tackle insecurity in the Southeast, Uzodimma denied knowledge of such saying he cannot identify who Dokubo’s men’ are.
He said because of the federal structure of the country, State Governors are not at liberty to choose or reject security measures decided by the Federal Government.