The decision of governors of the South-East to set up its regional security outfit codenamed Ebubeagu on Sunday April 11, has elicited mixed reactions from Nigerians.
While many are applauding the decision of the governors, others felt it was somewhat too late in the day, especially with the grossly deteriorated insecurity in the region.
There are some who equally felt the governors took a wrong decision and were only trying to toe the line of their South-West counterparts, who about a year ago came up with the South-West Security Network, known as Amotekun.
Announcing the establishment of the joint security outfit on Sunday after their meeting, in Owerri the Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum, Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State said the headquarters of the outfit will be in Enugu, while also explaining that Ebubeagu will also monitor the activities of vigilante groups in member states.
The announcement by Umahi set the stage for a torrent of comments on the microblogging site, Twitter as Nigerians took time to express their minds with the #EbubeAgu.
Some of the comments also showed the anti-establishment stand of many South-Easterners, who berated the governors for the establishment of a joint security outfit instead of supporting the Eastern Security Network (ESN), set-up by the proscribed secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
For many of these sets of Igbos, it is a puppet security outfit set up to do the bidding of Fulani overlords and expand their interests in the zone. For them, Ebubeagu cannot see the light of the day.
The communiqué read by Umahi stated in part: “After exhaustive discussions on the current security challenges in the South East and with valuable contributions from participants at the first South-East security summit in Owerri on this day Sunday, April 11th 2021, it was resolved as follows:
“To strongly and unequivocally condemn terrorism and banditry in any part of Nigeria, particularly in the South East.
The meeting strongly condemns the burning of police stations, violent attacks on custodial centres with the unlawful release of inmates, and the killings including security personnel, natives/ farmers and headsmen.