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South-East Summit: Igbos can’t afford to be intolerant people, Soludo warns

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In a two-day summit in Owerri, Imo State, the governors of Nigeria’s South-East region gathered to address pressing issues. They discussed the escalating insecurity and economic disruptions affecting the region’s once prosperous economy. Furthermore, they explored potential solutions to these pressing issues.

Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, who chairs the South-East Governors’ Forum, highlighted the imperative of unity and collaboration among the five states. Furthermore, he underscored their significance in addressing security challenges and enhancing economic prosperity in the region. He urged successful Igbo entrepreneurs to support Ohaneze Ndigbo in uniting the South-East.

He urged regular engagement between public and private sector stakeholders to redefine the Igbo agenda and address security challenges.

‘We cannot afford to be an intolerant people.’

Charles Soludo, Governor of Anambra State, expressed commitment to the South-East agenda, emphasizing the need for a 100-year plan and self-belief. He underlined the region’s readiness for business and the importance of partnerships with the wider community.

Alex Otti, Governor of Abia State, stressed the significance of collective efforts to address security and economic challenges. He called for engagement with youths, justice, an end to exploitation, and economic empowerment.

Peter Mbah, Governor of Enugu State, highlighted the need for a common strategy and operational plan for regional security. He advocated for a command-and-control center and a non-kinetic approach to addressing insecurity.

Francis Nwifuru, Governor of Ebonyi State, emphasized the role of women in guiding youths away from social vices and the importance of self-belief and wisdom in the South-East.

Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, commended the governors’ forum for organizing the summit. He called for unity, a non-kinetic approach to security, and support from the Federal Government. Iwuanyanwu also praised the Federal Government’s dredging efforts and expressed interest in expanding these projects for the region’s economic growth.

Alfred Achebe, the Obi of Onitsha, echoed the call for unity and collaboration among the states to address insecurity and economic challenges in the South-East.

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