*Wants govt. to legalise us of AK-47
By Myke Uzendu, with agency reports
University don and chairman of the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), Prof. Uzodinma Nwala has resigned from the membership of the South-East Security Committee.
In a resignation letter dated August 25, and addressed to Gen Obi Abel Umahi, Coordinator of the body, Nwala blamed insincerity and refusal to convene a meeting of the body since its inauguration in February, insisting it was a mere ploy to deceive Ndigbo whose ancestral homes were gradually being invaded by well-organised killer squads.
The letter titled: The Rebuilding and Development of Igbo Nation and the Rebirth and Advancement of the Spirit of her Culture and Civilization, called on the federal government “to legalize the use of AK-47 so that our people can arm themselves for self-defense”.
Copies of the resignation letter was sent to Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, who is the Chairman South-East Governors Forum; the South-East Governors Forum members; Chief John Nnia Nwodo, President General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo; The Coalition of Alaigbo Religious and Civil Society Organizations; Pan-Igbo Groups and Pro-Biafra Organizations in Alaigbo and the Chairman, South-East Council of Traditional Rulers.
Others are Prof Ben Nwabueze, Chairman, Igbo Leaders of Thought (ILT); Chief Mbazulike Amaechi; Bishop Obi Udezue Onubogu; Chairman, ADF BOT; Archbishop Maxwell Anikwenwa; Archbishop J. V. Obinna, among others.
He said that he resigned “because the purpose for which this Security Committee was set up has been made null and void with the pronouncements of the Chairman of the South-East Governors Forum, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi Sate, abolishing the idea of a Regional Security Architecture for the South-East.
“According to him, the Governors of the South East have jointly rejected the idea of a Regional Security Architecture for the entire South East and by extension, the entire Alaigbo.
“The fact that the so-called South East Security Committees set up since early 2020 and after several months, nothing had been achieved, means that it was not intended to serve any useful purpose.
“In place of a Regional Security Scheme for Alaigbo, the Governors of the South-East have accepted the Community Policing program of the Federal Government. “As you may recall, the Community Policing program had been rejected by the South-East after the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) exposed its inherent character as a policy to encourage the continued serial killing, kidnapping and rape of our women as well as ensure the occupation of Alaigbo by the Fulani Jihadists. “As you may recall, ADF had compared the policy of Community Policing as equivalent to handing over the Security of Chickens to the Hawks.
“In opting out of the now moribund South-East Security Committee, we, in ADF shall continue to work with the various pan-Igbo organizations to advance all possible and legitimate means of ensuring the Security of Alaigbo and her neighbors”.
He mentioned issues pertaining to “the horrors in several parts of Alaigbo including Ebonyi State as depicted in the Report of Chief Gary Igariwey at the last Ime-Obi meeting as well as that depicted in the Report by Mr. Aduba CP (rtd) at the Joint meeting of Ime-Obi and the Governors Forum.
“All those horrors rather than abating have been rising in crescendo with our helpless people wondering if they have any Government or Leaders who care for their plight.
It is to be observed, very unfortunately, that immediately following this declaration of the South-East Governors, 21 unarmed Igbo youths have been gruesomely mowed down in Enugu State by combined forces of the army, DSS, SARS, police and other Security forces.
“Most of the personnel of these forces are no doubt non-Igbos. What is more, while this is happening, none of our Governors is saying anything”.
He insisted that “the Security of Alaigbo is a joint responsibility between the Government and the People of Alaigbo”, adding that “ADF is not opposed to any genuine and positive role of the Federal Government and her agencies in helping to tackle the prevailing state of grave insecurity in Alaigbo, provided that such role by Federal Agencies must be under the exercise and full control of personnel of our zone”.
He added that “if the Governors decide to abandon their own responsibility over the Security of our people, we, as organized patriotic forces in our land must continue to courageously play our role to ensure that our people overcome the present dangerous siege over our land”.
He therefore called on “the Federal Government to legalize the use of AK-47 so that our people can arm themselves for self-defense.
“In the absence of this, we call on our people to arm themselves with any available defensive weapons for the protection of themselves, our wives and our children, This is a fundamental natural right that supersedes any state law”.