By Nnamdi Obi, Abakaliki: THE resolve of the South-East governors to restrict the movement of armed herdsmen with their cattle, coupled with their assertion that they were unaware of the Operation Python Dance, has endeared them to the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, which has asked the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to change its tactics.
In a statement in Abakaliki, the National President of OYC, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro described the resolutions of the expanded meeting of South East governors in Enugu as timely.
He noted that the resolutions and uncompromising stance of the governors is reassuring on the issues of insecurity stemming from the activities of herdsmen while checkmating other forms of criminalities being committed under the guise of Fulani herdsmen.
According to Isiguzoro, South-East governors have been cleared of any involvement in the military exercise, Operation Python Dance, thereby ending the suspicion in many quarters that the Ohanaeze was part of the plot to destroy the peaceful atmosphere of the South East.
The statement reads: “Now that South East governors are cleared by security agencies, IPOB should find a way to apologize to the governors and change their modus operandi for peace to reign.
“We the youths have the responsibility to handover to security agents any herdsmen caught in defiance of the law.
“We equally urge the newly inaugurated South East Security Committee, led Major General Abel Obi Umahi, to engage the existing neighborhood watch groups across the 95 local government areas in the South East and return the dreaded bakassi vigilance group to compliment the effort of security agents.
“We urge the governors to interface with President Muhammadu Buhari during their proposed meeting with him on issues of his unfulfilled 2015 election promise of revamping the Enugu coal mine, which has remained moribund for the past 46 years.
“The implementation of the approval by the last Federal Executive Council for the rehabilitation of some Federal roads in the South East especially the expansion/dualization of Aba-Ikot Ekpene-Calabar Road, Abaomege/Ugep Road, Umuahia-Ikot Expene Road, Owerri/Umuahia Express Road, Ideato/Okigwe Road and the speedy completion of Enugu-PH Express Road (especially Aba-PH axis), completion of the Onitsha/Enugu Express Road, second Niger Bridge, and issues uncleared on insecurity in the region.”