The South East Governors’ Forum on Thursday decried the massive destruction of public and private property by youths in the zone as a result of the hijack of the recent #EndSARS protests by suspected hoodlums.
Rising from a closed door meeting in Enugu, the governors who also met with federal lawmakers, ministers, traditional rulers, from the zone as well as political leaders and leadership of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the governors said they will no longer tolerate such onslaught against innocent people in the area.
While pledging to protect lives and property of the people of the zone, the governors warned that anybody who still continued to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens in the Zone will have themselves to blame henceforth.
The governors also promised to set up a fund in order to assist victims of the EndSARS protest, including the police, army and other security agencies.
Addressing newsmen at the end of the meeting, chairman of the South East governors forum and governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi said that the forum was ready to address the concerns of the young people.
He said the forum, in addition to engaging the Federal Government and their colleagues in addressing the issues, will also engage youths to ensure a sustainable peace in the zone and a glorious future for the children.
According to him, “The forum sympathizes with families of the victims, including the police and other security agencies and those who lost loved ones as a result of the protest”.
He said the forum also directs Igbos, both in and outside Nigeria to go about their businesses and not participate in unlawful protests.
The meeting had in attendance governors of Enugu, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Abia states, Okezie Ikpeazu while the governors of Anambra, Willie Obiano and Imo States, Hope Uzodinma were represented by their deputies, Dr Nkem Okeke and Placid Njoku respectively.
Others present at the meeting include: Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazo, Senator representing Anambra Central at the Senate, Senator Uche Ekwunife, former governor of Imo state, Senator Rochas Okorocha, Senator Ike Ekweremmadu, Chairman Southeast Traditional Rulers Forum and the Traditional Ruler of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, President of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo Worldwide, Chief Nnia Nwodo, old Anambra state Governor, Chief Jim Nwobodo, Foreign affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama among others.