Leaders of the South-East geopolitical zone on Saturday at a meeting in Enugu pledged their commitment to an indivisible and united Nigeria built on love, fairness, equity and justice.
They announced the resolution through a communique issued at the end of the meeting with a presidential delegation to the region.
The leaders made the pledge in a communiqué issued after a meeting with a presidential delegation to the zone in Enugu, while also requesting President Mohammadu Buhari “the father of our nation, to please look into the demands of the various groups of our people, review same with a view to solving them”.
In the communiqué read by Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, the leaders assured that “Southeast people believe in one One Nigeria and this is the reason we are in every part of this country erecting infrastructures, living peacefully with our host communities and doing our businesses”.
The Presidential Delegation, led by the Chief of Staff the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari had the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, all the ministers from Southeast and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
The Southeast leaders further requested a joint operation into “our forest to flush out criminals and killer herdsmen with Ak47, while pledging our commitment to continuous coexistence with the herdsmen who have been living peacefully with us for years”, while also thanking the President for the “speed and the restraint with which he handled the demand of peaceful EndSars protesters, especially his commitment to drive police reform and mainstream youth empowerment and also for his courage to deal with hoodlums, criminals and those who hijacked the initial protests to hide under the peaceful protest and kill, maim innocent citizens, security agents and public and private properties.”
The communiqué read further: “Southeast governors have set up panels of enquiry to deal with all infractions of human rights of our people and security agencies, compensation funds for all civil servants and security men who lost their lives during the protests.
“We pledge to continue to protect all the various groups living in the Southeast. We enjoin them to go about their businesses peacefully.
“We thank Mr President, governors and traditional rulers in other parts of Nigeria for their commitment to protect our people especially during and after the protests. We must continue to live in peace.
“We appreciate Mr President’s delegation for carefully listening to, engaging with stakeholders and undertaking to report faithfully to Mr President for his consideration and necessary action.”