The founding chairman Ebube Agu, Major-General Obi Abel Umahi (rtd) has disclosed on Monday that the Southeast security outfit has failed to take off because the governors did not fund it.
Announcing his resignation as chairman of the Southeast Governors Forum (SGF) security committee, Umahi said the outfit was also not provided with an office.
He tended his resignation in a June 4 letter entitled: “Resignation as Chairman Southeast Security Committee – Ebube Agu” and addressed to the SGF chairman and Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi.
The retired major-general was tasked with leading the outfit following its launch amid fanfare in April.
In the letter also copied to the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Prof George Obiozor and sighted by our correspondent, Umahi said his committee’s plans for the outfit were frustrated.
The letter reads in part: “Since this security committee was formed, we deliberated and agreed on ways to raise security consciousness down to the community level in Igboland, mode of operations, logistics and types of equipment required, such as drones, vehicles, etc. We also crafted the concept of Southeast security.
“I chaired a 21-man committee set up to draft a legal framework for the outfit. The committee was composed of members of the Southeast Security Committee, the attorney-generals of the five Southeast states and some prominent Igbo sons and daughters…
“On 11th April 2021, Southeast governors announced the formation of Ebube Agu in Owerri.
“Subsequently, the draft legal framework produced by the 21-man committee was reviewed by Southeast Security Committee members and the attorney-generals of the five states…
“From inception to date, Southeast Security Committee was never funded at all in any capacity and not even an office space was provided.
“At this juncture that Ebube Agu will soon come fully on-stream, I respectfully request that your excellencies kindly permit me to resign my appointment as the chairman, Southeast 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 Ebube Agu at no cost, just as I served as the Chairman of Southeast Security Committee from 31 August 2019 till date at no cost directly or indirectly to the five Southeast state governments, groups and individuals.
“I highly appreciate your excellencies for the opportunity you gave me to serve Ndigbo”.
Umahi, who confirmed the resignation to journalists, said: “Please be assured of my loyalty, respect and accept my highest regards of your esteemed considerations.”
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