Security expert, Col. Hassan Stan-Labo (sitting.), And former chairman of the South East Security Committee, General Obi Umahi (sitting.), Have differed in the growing level of insecurity in Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi and Abia states.
Although Stan-Lanbo emphasized that the continued security violations in the Southeast should be blamed for years of government deportation, Umahi said governors in the region should be blamed for killings and kidnappings.
Speaking on Saturday Newsmen, Stan-Lanbo said, “We need to see efforts from the government to make the average person feel safe and feel part of it. Those in charge should try to see that there is enough integration in the way they do things.
“Every effort should be made to bring those who feel that they are no longer a part of the family. They should return to the family. It should be by appealing to them and not by using force.
“The year 2023 is coming; we will have a new group of leaders as well. There will be a new set of appointments. Hopefully we will not have a situation where nominees will leave a particular region.
“An act like this does not make my country safer for any of us. Adults with these problems have two or three passports. At the moment their children are abroad but we are here killing each other.
“Solving the problem of insecurity in the Southeast will require a multidisciplinary approach, including political solutions. It passes through the formation of Ebubeagu to enjoy peace in the region. How did you try to make an Igbo man feel that he was part of the Nigerian state?
They say POB should be called a terrorist. If you ask me, I don’t think they should be called terrorists. The solution is that we have to look at how to bring some of these people to the negotiating table.
“We need to talk to a few other stakeholders; we must talk to the elders in the communities, we must speak to the political leaders. You need to talk to people who can listen to these guys. ”
However, Umahi said some politicians and dignitaries from the Southeast region region are exploiting the fragile security situation in the region for personal gain.
He called on the people of Nigeria to blame the regional governors for the “genocide” that marked the recent developments in the Southeast.
Speaking during a program on TVC, Umahi said if the governors were honest in the fight against insecurity in the region, they should have strengthened the regional security unit, Ebubeagu, with adequate funding and ethical support to address the threat.
The South East Governance Forum elected Umahi on August 31, 2019 as chair of the committee.
The committee was asked to formulate a framework for the establishment of an integrated Southeast east defense force to address local security needs.
However, most of the South East rulers reportedly refused to subsidize security equipment, a move that led to Umahi resigning on June 4, 2021, as chairman of the committee.
A retired soldier remarked, “There are political leaders who use the security situation in the Southeast for their own selfish gain. They thought they could use this situation to their advantage during the election. But if the rulers were busy, all of this could be avoided.
“The issue of insecurity in the South East is being orchestrated by the Biafran Indians. When some politicians want to fix points, they start looking for criminals.
“As I was emerging as chairman of the security committee, I noticed that some clergymen were promoting IPOB and I became critical. But people were afraid and refused to speak out against it. ”
“I knew what I had to do, but there were no options. The General does not like the situation when he knows he can handle something but does not have the resources to deal with it. That is frustration.