Umahi resigns as chairman South-East security committee

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Major General Obi Umahi (rtd) has resigned from the position as the Chairman, South-East Security Committee.

Gen. Umahi was appointed as chairman of the Committee by South-East Governors Forum on August 31, 2019 and saddled with the responsibility of drafting of framework for the establishment of a South-East joint security outfit to cater to the security needs of the zone.

Reports claimed that South-East governors delayed the launch of the security outfit for the region as they could not agree on certain modalities.

The delay reportedly created a vacuum that was exploited by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which floated the Eastern Security Network (ESN) for the same purpose.

However, Umahi in his resignation letter dated June 4, 2021, titled, “Resignation As Chairman South East Security Committee – Ebubeagu,” and addressed to the chairman of the South-East Governor’s Forum, the Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi, disclosed that his Committee was never funded neither was office provided for them through the duration.

The letter read in part, “Since this Security Committee was formed, we deliberated and agreed on ways to raise security consciousness down to the community level in Igbo land, mode of operations, logistics and some types of equipment required, such as drones, vehicles, etc. We also crafted the Concept of SE Security.

“Additionally, I chaired a 21-man Committee set up to draft a legal framework for the SE Security outfit. The committee was composed of members of the SE Security committee, the Attorney Generals of the five South-East States and some prominent Igbo sons and daughters. The 21-man Legal Framework Committee was funded to completion by the Governor of Ebonyi State.

“On 11th April 2021, SE Governors announced the formation of EBUBEAGU at Owerri. Subsequently, the draft legal framework produced by the 21-man Committee was reviewed by SE Security Committee members and the Attorney Generals of the five SE States to suit South East Ebubeagu Security outfit.

“The SE Security Committee thoroughly prepared and submitted the modalities, including the structure, for the take-off of EBUBEAGU to the Governors’ Forum during the security of South East Governors’ Forum, attended by the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide and some other Igbo leaders presented a request that Ebubeagu should be jointly rolled out as a matter of urgency and also funded by the Government of the five SE States.

“From inception to date, SE Security Committee was never funded at all in any capacity and not even an office space was provided.

“At this juncture that EBUBEAGU will soon come fully on-stream, I respectfully request that Your Excellencies kindly permit me to resign my appointment as the chairman, SE Security Committee. In the spirit of my love to serve Ndigbo, I can assure you that I will always be available to advise on the success of EBUBEAGU at no cost, just as I served as the Chairman of South East Security Committee from 31 August 2019 till date at no cost directly or indirectly to the five South East State Government, groups and individual. I highly appreciate Your Excellencies for the opportunity you gave me to serve Ndigbo.

“Please be assured of my loyalty, respect and accept my highest regards of your esteemed considerations.”

The letter copied Amb. (Prof) George Obiozor, President General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide and Director-General, South East Governors’ Forum.

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