The Association of South East Town Unions (ASETU), after a two-day emergency security retreat in Enugu at the weekend, lamented that armed herdsmen were still wreaking havoc in parts of Igboland.
The group identified the continued marginalization of Ndigbo and the desecration of Igboland by killer herdsmen as major factors threatening the corporate existence of the country.
ASETU said the over-concentration of power at the center had not helped the development, peace and security of the country. It called for urgent devolution of power in such a manner as to engender involvement, participation and progress.
In a communiqué after the meeting by its National President, Chief Emeka Diwe, ASETU urged governors of the region to fast track the law on open grazing to end the attacks by armed herdsmen
“The killing of our people, rape of our women and destruction of our farmlands by armed Fulani herdsmen have further created food insecurity in Igboland. Our rural and defenseless farmers have no illusions that their lives are no longer safe while working on their farmlands, and even their crops are overrun on a daily basis and destroyed by the herdsmen.
“The exclusion of the Igbo from the security leadership of Nigeria cannot be rationalized on any grounds. It is a threat to national unity for Nigeria to continue to have preponderance and dominance of one ethnic group in all security agencies in the country. This defeats the notion of federalism, and we completely reject it.
“Much that we advocate equity in the rotation of the presidency of Nigeria and acknowledge the right of the Igbo to produce the next president of Nigeria, we, however, wish to state that integrity, competence and credibility must take preeminence in the choice of whom Ndigbo will put forward for the position.”
Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere reporting, Obinwannem News