In response to the incessant killings and security threat in the South East, the governors of the region met in Owerri, the Imo State capital, on Monday, 13th April, 2021, to deliberate on the situation and map out lasting solutions to cub insecurity in South East. Part of the outcome of their deliberations, is the decision to institute a regional security outfit which will be known and addressed as Ebubeagu network.
First, we must applaud the thoughtfulness of these governors and South East stakeholders who nursed this beautiful idea. In fact, the institution of a regional security outfit has long been expected. Given the continuous threat of security which seems to have defied the members of the Police Force and the Military, the need to establish a security network that will operate in rural communities where the attacks of bandits have been gruesome became paramount.
As we appreciate the ingenuity of these leaders, we must also think about creating the necessary fertile ground on which those who would be enrolled into Ebubeagu network will function effectively. First, we must go back to antecedents to address present issues. There is need to ask this pertinent question, why has the police force and military personnel failed in tackling the security crisis in South East? Are they incompetent? Have they been compromised? Do they have complicit affinity with the bandits? These and more are necessary questions we need to ponder on as we think about the prospect of success of this novel security outfit.
The answers to these questions will help us decipher necessary approaches the Ebubeagu security outfit will take in order to escape the tunnel our present security outfit are into. The government must equip this new security network with necessary arsenals to curb insecurity. They ought to be trained in military intelligence, foresights and skills in apprehending bandits and terrorists.
Insecurity has brought grave miseries in the South East. It has impoverished the people, rendered them homeless, turned their loved ones to ghosts and made life miserable for them. Many persons have deserted their communities to places they could be safe for the moment. We cannot exhaust the grave consequences of insecurity.
To this effect, sincere efforts must be made not to compromise security again. We must act fast to douse the fear of the unknown hanging in air in South East and Nigeria at large. We must not act indifferent because we have not been massacred. For as Yesufu Aisha puts it, “today’s victims were yesterday’s survivors.” We are all trapped in the shackles of banditry.