- Funds for victims of looting and arson in the southeast region is in the works
- Governors from the region say they will set-up the support fund to assist those who have suffered material losses
- The governors met at Enugu to take a stance on the violence witnessed across the region recently
Southeast governors on Thursday, October 29 resolved to set up funds to support victims of violence and looting after the #EndSARS protests were hijacked by hoodlums nationwide.
This was one of the resolutions at a meeting of the governors in Enugu, which also included National Assembly members and ministers from the region.
Also part of the meeting were Igbo women leaders in the region, clergymen, and traditional rulers from the southeast.
Part of a communique issued after the meeting read:
“Each state in the southeast will set up a fund to assist the victims of the crisis, including the police, the army, and other security agencies, as well as civilians.
“The governors are committed to addressing the concerns of our young people that are peculiar to various states and will engage the federal government and their colleagues in other states to address the other national issues.”
Recall that the southeast governors recently expressed deep concern over the erosion of mutual trust between ethnic nationalities across the country, stressing that such had widened and threatened national unity and cohesion.
The governors, who spoke after their virtual meeting with representatives of the youths and leaders of the zone, said that they were worried about the loss of lives in the country amid the riots which were triggered by hoodlums hijacking the #EndSARS protests.
In a related development, a foremost political scholar and visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Dr Uche Igwe has described state governors who stored palliatives meant for distribution to hungry citizens as pretenders.
Dr Igwe expressed shock that food items meant for the downtrodden were kept by governors even during the COVID-19 lockdown.
In a statement sent to journalists on Monday, October 26, Igwe described the act of the governors as sheer wickedness, adding that it is inexcusable.
Meanwhile, some Nigerian youths under the aegis of #March4Nigeria Movement on Monday, October 26, said their findings show that the #EndSARS protest which took place in major cities across Nigeria was hijacked by politicians, social media influencers, and many others.
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