South-East Resilient and Support Group (SERSuG) a Civic Organization has expressed worry over the recent attacks and needless killings in the South East and other parts of the country
The group viewed the incidents as worrisome and signposts of worsening security situation in the country.
In a statement issued by the Coordinator of SERSuG, Prince Chris Azor, the group praised the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) for stressing the need for a comprehensive scope of evaluation of the nature of insecurity in the country to enable them fashion out strategies of addressing them.
It however called on the NGF to walk the talk by giving the current insecurity in the country, the seriousness and urgent attention it deserved for sustainable peace and unity.
The group cited the killing of an army captain and eleven (11) soldiers in Benue State, co-ordinated attacks on the police headquarters and Correctional Centre in Owerri, Imo State, the massacre in Ebonyi State and recent spate of attacks and killings in Anambra State.
The statement read in part, “It’s heartwarming that, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) during its recent meeting in Abuja, underscored the need for a comprehensive scope of evaluation of the nature of insecurity in the country to enable them fashion out strategies of addressing them.
“According to the NGF Chairman and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, “On security issues, members are particularly worried, following what happened in Imo State; the attack on the correctional facility and the Police Command headquarters, and successive acts of violence and insecurity across the country. Also, the killings of soldiers in Benue State.
“It is the steps taken at the State level that have managed to reduce the depth and the enormity of the security challenges.
“Nonetheless, it is still a worrisome development for us and we feel we will need a special look at the entire gamut of the security challenges that we are dealing with; and further engage the authorities, both at the political and security levels, in order to deal with these multifaceted challenges of security that we have faced.
“Sequel to this, the Coordinator of SERSuG, Prince Chris Azor, who participated in the just concluded zonal Dialogue on ” Unity, Security and Development” convened by Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Dialogue and Development (SCDDD) in Owerri, Imo State, enjoined the NGF to walk the talk by giving the current insecurity in the country, the seriousness and urgent attention it deserves; for sustainable peace and unity.
“SERSuG is concerned that killings, kidnapping, banditry and other crimes have become daily occurrences across the country; and calls on
President Muhammadu Buhari to swiftly come up with innovative strategies to tackle the menace”
The group also assured on its commitment towards assisting and supporting government’s efforts to address the challenges, through advocacy and sensitisation of citizens and sundry stakeholders.