The Vice Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2019 elections, Mr Peter Obi, has reiterated the need for urgent stakeholders meeting in the Southeast to discuss salient issues pertaining to the recent wave of violence in the region, describing it as disheartening.
It will be recalled that Obi, while addressing pressmen in Agulu recently, lamented the death of Dr Chike Akunyili, and called on different political, religious, and traditional leaders and other
stakeholders of Southeast to come together and tackle the ‘monster of insecurity currently contending with the peace of the region and unity of the Igbos.’
Addressing newsmen last Tuesday, Obi maintained his earlier stand that the security situation in the Southeast needed urgent intervention before it got worse. He explained that it would take a collective effort from all stakeholders to stem the rising tide of violence in the region.
‘We can no longer sit and wish away the unacceptable killings
and violence raging through our region. We, Igbos, are not known for violence and disrespect to human lives and must not allow the urge for bloodbath to creep in among us. The sit-at-home order that has persisted in the Southeast heavily bears down on the
‘The urgent need for a stakeholders’ meeting is therefore inevitable. This is the time for every leader in the region to unite, and, in unity, address the challenges of
insecurity facing us before we are all consumed,’ Obi said.
Reminding the South Easterners that crime fighting needed collective efforts, Obi urged them to remain committed to the peace and development of the region and encouraged them to eschew all forms of crime and pursue productive ventures that would better their lives and bring development to society.