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Chima Christian who is a public commentator and a social critic has blamed the insecurity in the Southeast on the political leadership and the structure of democratic practices in the region.
In a statement which he recently put out, Christian had unequivocally claimed that the challenge was “both foreseeable and preventable”, but the leadership failed to act timely.
The pundit maintained that Abuja-controlled security resources became lethargic and unresponsive to the security demands of the country.
“This included the Southeast which had an often exaggerated but potent threat of terrorists masquerading as herdsmen.”
Citing Benue, he said with the overrun by terrorists and the accusations of Federal Government’s duplicity by the state government, the South-East should have long put a homegrown security outfit in place.
“While the Southwest responded with Amotekun, as imperfect as it is, Southeast political power players did not show as much commitment and decisiveness.”
‘Separatists, he continued, saw an opportunity to plant themselves as that credible alternative given the reaction of the region’s East political leadership.’
“People like us forewarned that such amorphous non-state actors who are not accountable nor can indeed be held to account is an uncontrollable experiment.”
Christian had also lamented how armed agitators and other mutants whose activities inspire, instead of becoming the promised solution, became the biggest security threat. He also added that those pushing anti-establishment rhetoric in the pursuit of their political agenda must take some form of responsibility for what is happening in the South-East.
In another report, the Government of Enugu State, yesterday held an emergency security meeting at the Government House, Enugu, to review the security situation in the State.
According to a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Simon Uchenna Ortuanya, the meeting, which was chaired by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, was attended by the Deputy Governor, Hon. Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, the Speaker, Enugu State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi and all the heads of Security Agencies in the State.