By Tony Ogbechie
Leaders in the South-East geo-political zone have urged their counterparts in the north to protect Igbo sons and daughters living in the northern region as the country continue to witness worsening security challenges.
At an emergency security meeting in Enugu, the South-East leaders, regretted that while they continue to re-assure other Nigerians from other zones living in the zone of their safety, Ndigbo were still being threatened in the north.
Our correspondent learnt that the emergency meeting which was attended by ministers, political, religious and traditional leaders from the zone, was a follow-up to a similar meeting with a presidential delegation led by the Minister of Defence, Maj.Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd) on June 11.
“We, the Igbo do reaffirm our commitment to one united Nigeria under a platform of justice, equality of rights, fairness, love and respect for one another.
“We have again endorsed Ebubeagu and asked them to work with security agencies to ensure the protection of lives and property of the people in the South-East,” Umahi stated.
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Those present at the meeting included the host Governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu; Deputy Governors of Anambra and Imo states, Dr. Nkem Okeke and Prof. Placid Njoku respectively; the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe; Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Dr. Chris Ngige; Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Hon. Uchechukwu Ogah; former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu; President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Amb. George Obiozor; former President of the Senate, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim; former Governor of old Enugu State, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo; former Governor of Ebonyi State, Senator Sam Egwu; former Governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim; and former Military Administrator of old Anambra State, Rear Admiral Allison Madueke.
Also in attendance were the Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi; the Deputy Minority Leader, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Toby Okechukwu; Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyawu; Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev. Callistus Onaga; Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, Most. Rev. Dr. Emmanuel O. Chukwuma; Chairman, Enugu State Traditional Rulers’ Council, HRH Igwe Amb. Lawrence Agubuzu; immediate past President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo; Prof. Chinedu Nebo, among others.