There seem to be discordant tunes among the Igbos in the area of insecurity as the Association of South East Town Unions (ASETU) has advised the governors of the South East states to disband the Ebubeagu security outfit and rather revive and empower the vigilance groups in the communities to secure the region.
ASETU gave the advice in a statement jointly signed by its National President, Chief Emeka Diwe and Publicity Secretary, Hon. Gideon Adikwuru.
The association observed that Igbo communities had over the years evolved ways of protecting themselves through vigilance groups which are administered by the town unions.
According to ASETU, these neigbhourhood watch groups are already entrenched and their tentacles span across the nooks and crannies of their areas of operation.
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It stated that the people trust the vigilance groups, which is the reason why the people willingly volunteer intelligence information that makes them operate efficiently.
The association noted the disconnect existing between the people at the grassroots and political leaders in the region, saying that it was the mistrust that has contributed to the restiveness in the region.
It stated that the creation of an alien security outfit called Ebubeagu in which governors would handpick their loyalists would not serve the interest of the region.
The association said:
“The disconnect between the people at the grassroots and the political leaders is real. This gulf has in part contributed to the restiveness that now reigns in the region, and such mistrust is further fuelled by the creation of an entirely alien security outfit, which the people will be understandably suspicious of.
“The current Ebube-Agu arrangement whereby the governors handpick their loyalists to constitute will not serve the security interest of the region, and may end up achieving the opposite of its expectations.
According to Diwe, the local vigilantes, which naturally belong to the people, should be reorganized, revamped and given the incentives to secure Igboland.