Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has called on youths in Igbo land to stop attacking security agents and burning government properties.
Naija News reports that the Ebonyi governor made this known when he featured on Channels Television.
According to the chairman of the southeast governor’s forum, unknown gunmen carrying out attacks in the region are well known.
“When you have infested firewood, the ants will definitely come over there,” said the governor.
“Let our people come out to speak out that the unknown gunmen are not really unknown gunmen. They are our young men and women who will defend our land tomorrow; they should stop giving themselves to be killed.”
He said killers in the South-East are Igbos and are known by indigenes of the region, urging those involved in wanton violence in the geopolitical zone to embrace peace and dialogue.
The governor also backed security agencies for defending the country’s sovereignty as he condemned vicious attacks on police facilities and officers.
“Let our people stop confronting the security agencies,” he urged. “Without burning properties of the government, there will be no need for the deployment of security operatives, and when they are deployed, you cannot tell them how to do the job when they are confronted with death.”
The governor asserted that police officers, soldiers, and other security operatives violently attacked and killed by the Igbo criminal elements had families.
“A lot of them have lost their lives. They have families. We have to also know that the lives of the security operatives are the lives of our brothers and sisters, we are killing ourselves and it should stop,” Umahi explained.