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OPINION: South-East Governors' Response To ESN Crises, Orlu Air Raid May Cost The Region Presidency

MirabelJackson
By MirabelJackson | self meida writer
Published 6 days ago - 49927 views

The nation has recently been embroiled in a series of crises ranging from the herdsmen issues in the southwest, to the bandits' crises in the north and the ESN vs Army clash in the southeast.

All these points towards a control for political power and economic power as the regions are fighting to secure their commonwealth in every way possible.

But the Orlu crises have shown the disunity among the southeast leaders as they have all differed in opinion on matters affecting the region

The first region that was thrown into the crisis was the southwest region.

The region has been faced with a common enemy which was the incessant herdsmen and farmers' clashes which had led to the loss of lives and farmlands.

In other to quickly put a stop to the issue, the gov of Ondo state issued a statement requesting the herdsmen to vacate the forest reserves.

Recall the fmr chief of defense staff, Gen Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin had narrated how he arrived at a conclusion that the forests would be the next terror base if not properly protected.

This warning led the Ondo governor to take proactive steps to order the vacation of the herdsmen from the forests.

The resulting resistance from the Governor's statement had led to the chaos which later ensued in Ibarapa, Oyo state.

Immediately that happened, most of the southwest governors met and immediately, offered solutions to the issue.

In conjunction with other northern governors, they quickly organized a meeting in Ogun states to find lasting peace to the area.

In attendance were Governors of Ondo, Osun, Ekiti, Oyo, then from the north, the governors of Jigawa, and Kebbi states also attended.

Again, during the Sasha incident where some Yoruba traders clashed with northerners, another meeting was convened immediately by the governors to profer solutions to the crises.

In attendance were Governor Abubakar Bagudu (Kebbi), Governors Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Abubakar Bello (Niger), and Bello Matawalle (Zamfara) who all met with Governor Seyi Makinde in Oyo state

Now, this shows how concerned governors work towards restoring peace in their regions.

It is pertinent to note that both the western and northern governors all met together to brainstorm on the way forward.

Now going up north, the steady rise in bandits attack is a cause for concern as these criminals continue creating havoc and chaos in their wake.

From Zamfara to Niger states, down to Katsina, the story has been that of sorrow, tears, and blood.

But in all this, the northern governors have all had an opinion on the issue.

At the moment, the northern region has unofficially appointed a mediator in the person of Sheik Gumi who has surprised many with his acumen in negotiating with most of these bandits.

Hate it or like it, this method may be seen as crude and suspicious but it sure is yielding efforts and most of the bandits have been seen face to face and have been able to state their demands.

This is a win for the security crisis in the region.

If Gumi succeeds in meeting these bandits in the whole northern region and successfully negotiates a truce, it is possible the killings and abductions may reduce to the barest minimum.

Now going to the southeast, it is however surprising to note how the southeast leaders all shy away from lending their voices to the issues plaguing the region.

Earlier this year, there were reports of an army invasion in Orlu, Imo state which was not announced to Nigerians.

Most social media users who first broke the news were as shocked as the live witnesses on ground as no reason was given for the raid.

It was later, still on social media that the news filtered in that the soldiers were looking for the ESN, Nnamdi Kanu's militia wing of the IPOB.

During that first crisis, the southeast leaders remained mute and offered no immediate solutions to the crises.

Again, just about 2 days ago, the army hit the same location again, and yet, the southeast governors have not even met to discuss the issue and offer solutions to the crises.

Inasmuch as the crises is from the Nigerian military, it is worthy to note that some civilians have been affected by the raid and as such, would require the southeast leaders to caution the exercise and warn the military to have an exact location to raid, and not putting everyone's life in danger by having a general raid.

The whole country is watching how each region tries to protect itself.

The southwest governors have shown brotherhood and also shown they can unite for the region, the northern Govs have as well, shown they can come together and form a common ground.

The southeast leaders, on the other hand, have a lot to do to show Nigerians that they are ready for leadership.

Come 2023, the southeast region is seriously looking for the presidency and with the recent happenings, they don't look united enough to present a common front for the presidency.

It is not enough to call for the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu and the disbandment of ESN using force.

Like other regions have done, the Southwest leaders did not call for the head of Sunday Igboho but created room for dialogue with him to understand his fight, the northern region has also met with the bandits to understand their fights and offer them solutions to end the crises.

The Igbo leaders should as well, have a fruitful meeting on their soil in other to find an end to the crises bedeviling the region.

Only then will other regions see them as worthy contenders for the presidency 2 years from now.

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