Governor David Umahi has raised an alarm of the South-East region of the country being decared as a red-zone by ministries due to insecurity.
Speaking while inaugurating the leadership of the south-east traditional rulers council in Abakiliki on Tuesday September 21, the Ebonyi state Governor said the declaration means federal projects won’t come to the region.
Stressing that it is time for the zone’s leaders and people to collectively say no to the killings in the region, Umahi stated that the agitation for secession has been hijacked by cultists, kidnappers and other criminal elements. According to him, there is need for re-evaluation of the agitation.
“The declaration of south-east as a red zone by these ministries means that what is due to us would be difficult to come.
“It is time for the zone’s leaders and people to collectively say no to the killings in the zone because we no longer see the real agenda of the agitations.
“The people should support governors from the zone and other leaders to permanently stop this bloodshed because we know the parents and communities of the perpetrators of the heinous acts.
“It is presently difficult for trucks with goods from other parts of the country to come to the zone as we did not harmonise adequately to determine areas of comparative advantage.”