Engr. Chidi Ibeh faction of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, said on Wednesday that the group supports all security arrangements that will curb the nefarious activities and violent killings in the South East by killer herdsmen and other criminals.
The group urged the controversial Eastern Security Network (ESN) to understand that they were fighting a common enemy in killer herdsmen and must eschew bitterness between themselves.
ESN is the security arm of proscribed secessionist movement, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). It was established in December 2020 by diaspora-based pro-Biafra political activist, Nnamdi Kanu.
“We accept both the Ebubeagu Security Network, ESN, and the Eastern Security Network, ESN, as both were designed for the territorial security of South East and should be supported by every Igbo. It’s a blessing in disguise that South East has two security networks against a common enemy, the killer herdsmen/terrorists.
“We are aware of the desperation exhibited by Igbo detractors trying to foist crisis, distrust and egocentric tussles between IPOB’s Eastern Security Network and the South East Governors’ Ebubeagu Security Network for their inordinate activities to create political tensions and panic in the South East,” Ibeh faction of Ohanaeze Ndigbo posited.
Congratulating both the South East Governors and IPOB on the efforts to forestall further killings and violence in the South East, Ohanaeze pledged to enforce understandings and harmony among stakeholders in the South East by deepening consciousness and alertness on the need for peaceful coexistence between ESN and Ebubeagu in defending the territorial integrity of the South East.
“Security is local; every Igbo should understand the perilous situation Ndigbo are in at the moment.
“Ndigbo will not tolerate any rivalry between ESN and Ebubeagu Security Network; they must unite as sister organizations aimed towards solving insecurity challenges in the South East.
“Ndigbo should support both groups; there should be synergy with all security formations in the South East to end banditry.”