The Executive Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, has disclosed that the major reason for his visit to President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday this week was to discuss security in the South East and the need for peace to return to the zone.
Speaking with State House Correspondents after his meeting with Mr President, the Governor said he supports a political solution to the insecurity problems in the south east; in his capacity as the Chairman of South East Governor’s Forum and that he mentioned it to President Buhari.
He explained that political solution does not terminate the judicial process, but if an agreement is reached between parties, you don’t expect President Buhari to be the negotiator because we have a lot of government officials to handle such.
He said that while the south east is proposing for political solution, they should also be able to engage the federal government. It is for our people and our brother, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, to be willing for us to truly engage, so that we have amicable settlement, find true peace in our region and rebuild the economy of the South East.
According to him, the starting point is to select some persons from the leaders of the south east including Chief Mbazurike Amaechi; Ohaneze Ndigbo, himself and governors of the south east. If some people feel we are not being fairly treated, we should be able to constructively show to the federal government the areas we think that we are not being fairly treated and not through violence or hate speeches.
Governor Umahi further stressed that there is always what is called ‘out of court settlement’, but it is up to us because the by-product of our discussions and negotiations would be such that we can now go to the court and seek out-of-court settlement because whatever is the agreement becomes the settlement of the court.
He lamented that agitations have destroyed the economy of the South East, while a lot of lives have been lost. He opined that the agitations shouldn’t have gone the way it did because today the matter has gone them.