EBUBEAGU SECURITY NETWORK BY SOUTHEAST GOVERNORS: THE FANTASY VS THE REALITY
Saying is cheap; doing is hard. Making proclamation does not amount to implementation. Anyone can declare “INTEREST” for something, but not everyone can show “COMMITMENT” to something. The difference between the two is very clear. “INTEREST” is a mere expression of thought and desire, while “COMMITMENT” is an expressed desire backed up with consistent irresistible actions.
It wasn’t a surprise to me receiving the news of southeast governors’ meeting on the growing insecurity in the southeast zone. When they news broke out yesterday, I was very eager to read their communique before I could comment or write about it. Not too long, the communique was published on Senator Hope Uzodinma’s Facebook page. Reading through the communique, it wasn’t different from my preconceptions. I preempted that it would be one of the laughable joke of April 2021. I tell you! The communique indeed proved me right. Let’s analyze some parts of the communique.
The number 12 Resolution of the summit reads;
“Meeting approve that the acting IGP and other security chiefs do invite the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo and CAN to find out the reason for increasing insecurity of the South East.”
To me, the resolution sounds laughable. Is it not transfer of responsibility? If the governors do not know the cause of the growing insecurity in the southeast, is it CAN and Ohaneze Ndigbo should know? The governors are the chiefs security of the States, who are in the best position to have first hand security briefings and information than any other person or group. To me, this is a display of rascality and irresponsibility.
Also number 14 of the resolution reads:
“Meeting agreed that open grazing has been banned and security agency should implement the ban.”
The Number 15 reads:
“The meeting encouraged a peaceful coexistence of farmers and herders to allow Governors to succeed in the fight against criminality.”
Did the two statements above show any sense of sincerity? You stated that open grazing has been banned, below it you unequivocally stated that farmers and herders should coexist. Can kerosene and water stay together? Where is the coexistence of the both going to take place? Is it at the governors’ compounds or the same farmers’ land? Is it not on the same farm land you’re admonishing them to coexist? You said open grazing has been banned, yet encouraged herders to coexist with the farmers. Do they really understand what coexistence means?
Reading through the communique reveals to me a group of unserious individuals. A set of selfish individuals, who are ready to play politics with the lives of the people without any bridge to their conscience.
I always frown at some analysts anytime I hear them use the phrase, “farmers – herders clash”, instead of putting it rightly as, “herders attack on the farmers and farm crops”. My question always to these set of analysts is, “are the herders and farmers driving and their vehicles clash or they are running 100 metre race and clash? Herders’ destruction of farm land and farm crops can never in anyway be described as “farmers – herders clash.” Such description is highly mischievous and evil in its entirety.
Dear governors, farmers and herders cannot coexist because both are completely oppose to each other. And the Ohaneze Ndigbo and CAN cannot have information on insecurity more than you – the chiefs security officers of the States.
EBUBEAGU SECURITY NETWORK: THE FANTASY VS THE REALITY.
Chukwu Michael Chukwu
Leadership Developer and Capacity Builder.
Executive Director, Pathfinders INET Africa