- Stakeholders in the southeast of Nigeria have been proferring solutions to the rising cases of insecurity in the region
- The latest stakeholder to speak on the crisis is Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, founder of the Biafra Independent Movement
- Uwazurike tasked political leaders in the region to convert the Eastern Security Network (ESN) to a viable vigilante outfit to protect Igboland
The leader and founder of the Biafra Independent Movement (BIM), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, has appealed to south-east governors to take over the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) security outfit, the Eastern Security Network (ESN).
Uwazurike further advised that the governors rejig the ESN and make it a responsible vigilante force for the south-east region.
He made the comment on Monday, March 1 when he addressed journalists in Owerri, the Imo state capital, on the recent security situation in the southeast.
Daily Sun quoted him as saying:
‘‘South-east governors should take the ESN from Kanu. We need security in the South-East; equip and train them so that they will be responsive to the government. So, I urge the South-East governors to take the ESN from him and profile it.’’
He also assured the rest of the country that the southeast will not be at war with Nigeria again, adding that Kanu is waging a war he cannot win.
‘‘At no point will Ndigbo go to war with Nigeria, nobody will push us into jostling our young ones; enough is enough.
‘‘He [Kanu] has lost respect for our elders, he has lost respect for south-east governors, even Ohanaeze, I don't relate with them but I respect them.’’
Meanwhile, the president-general of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Professor George Obiozor, has frowned on the use of force by the Nigerian military during the crisis in Orsu in Orlu zone of Imo state.
According to Professor Obiozor who is a former Nigerian ambassador to the United States of America, applying force to tackle the crisis will amount to national catastrophe.
In a related development, the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) on Sunday, February 21 held a special prayer walk across the world over the rising insecurity and other challenges confronting Nigeria.
Legit.ng monitored the walk held in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja by the Throne Parish of the RCCG.
Addressing journalists during the procession, Pastor Tunde Benjamins-Laniyi, the pastor-in-charge of the parish, said the prayer intercession was a mandate from God, adding that it was also taking place in the over 40,000 parish churches of the RCCG in 198 nations across the world.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.