The South East region has been besieged by members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples Of Biafra (IPOB) which has imposed and violently enforced a sit-at-home order in the region every Monday for the better part of the past eight years.
The group has called for the release of their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who is in detention.
However, the Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, who hosted the meeting which lasted for over four hours, said insecurity remains the greatest challenge facing the region.
He said; “We have identified insecurity as the problem of the South East for now and it is at the front burner and must be addressed.
“The federal government in the past has supported us but we think that the federal government can do more. So among other resolutions, we resolved, today, to make a representation to the President for his intervention to be able to bring insecurity in the region to an end. So any moment from now, we’ll be putting together an arrangement to visit the president and discuss with him.
“There are certain things we cannot do very well without the federal government. Security is in the Exclusive List and only the federal government can deploy as appropriate.”
On his part, Ohanaeze Ndigbo president general, Iwuanyanwu, said the five governors of the South East are working together with lawmakers from the zone to find lasting solutions to challenges facing the people in the geo-political zone.
He said; “Frankly speaking, I am not going to give you the details of what we want to do. The problem of insecurity is one that cannot be solved by the Southeast governors alone. We have resolved that the leadership of Ohanaeze, the governors and lawmakers to get in touch with the President. The problem in the South East is too much, is too big for the governors alone. It is a Nigerian problem and the president will give support to the governors”.
Speaking to journalists, the immediate past Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, said; “the new President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and members of his cabinet came to meet with us, the governors, National Assembly members, former ministers and stakeholders in the Southeast.
“In the main, we were discussing the issue of security of our region. Security and the economy. It is the first maiden visit and we have taken some important resolutions,” he said.