S/East Governors Have Initiated Conversation to End Security Challenges -- Umahi

Governors of the South East zone have initiated conversations and  discussions with various segments of the zone to  secure the lives and properties of residents.

The Chairman of the South East Governors' Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr David Nweze Umahi disclosed this at  the 9 and 10 combined Zik's Lecture series Anniversary Celebration held at Nnamdi Azikiwe University , Awka Anambra state.

The Governor who was represented by the Deputy Governor Dr Kelechi Igwe noted that the security  situation in the zone has elicited concerns as a result of the activities of bandits, kidnappers and unknown gunmen which has led to killings and wanton distruction of properties and threat to investment potentials of the Igbos.

"We have Initiated conversations and discussions with various segments of the zone to tackle some genuine concerns which was misinterpreted and hijacked by some faceless people masquerading as unknown gunmen to cripple the economy of the zone, but as Chief Security Officers  of our respective States, we are committed to carry out our constitutional mandate of protecting lives and properties of the South East zone" The Governor assured.

The Governor called on National and State Assemblies  to take urgent steps to address those sections of the constitution that are inconsistent with the  modern trends and capabilities that interrogate the nation's current security threat.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for embarking on comprehensive multi-sectoral approach in strengthening the security structures of the country.

While commending the organisers for their initiative, Governor Umahi noted that Zik represents the symbol of nationalism who made valuable contributions to the Socio- political development of  Nigeria.

In a Lecture titled "Security, Governance and Nation- building"_  the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi attributed  the current security challenges to inability to settle some fundamental questions of nationhood and find points of convergence in a plural society like Nigeria. 
His words "one of the most critical factors for the success of any nation is the achievements of a broad and enduring consensus among the elite drawn from various walks of life on fundamental set of questions that are garmane to the establishment and nurturing of a stable foundation  for the pursuit of security and development".

Governor Kayode who is the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors' Forum called on Nigerians to shun ethinicsm and come together to tackle insecurity in order to build a more virile nation.

In his remarks, the Benefactor, Sen. Ben Obi acknowledged that the theme which is Security, Governance and Nation-building represents the  triple puzzles that  have over the years eluded not just Nigeria, but Africa as a whole, insisting that Nation- building cannot  be achieved unless security and governance are fixed

Highpoint of the event was presentation of award to Governor David Nweze Umahi for his leadership accomplishments.

This was according to Monday Uzor,
Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State.

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