By Ruth Oginyi
College of Bishops, Methodist Church Nigeria, Monday urged the Indigenous People of Biafra’s Eastern Security Network (ESN) to collaborate with Ebubeagu security outfit to secure southeast against further attacks and killings in the sone by bandits.
The bishops spoke to journalists during their visit to IDPs in the Effium war zone and backed the formation of Ebubeagu Security Network (ESN) by Governors of South East following the rising insecurity in the region.
The Bishops who distributed foodstuffs and cash to the Internally Displaced Persons in the war between the people of Ezza/Effium, Ohaukwu local government area of Ebonyi state, victims of herdsmen attack in four communities in Ishielu in the state and Ngbo, Ohaukwu local government area of the state, expressed concern over the level of the massacre in the affected communities.
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Archbishop Christopher Edeh, Coordinator of the South East College of Bishops, prayed for the displaced persons in their respective camps in Ngbo, Ohaukwu local government.
“the South East College of Bishops, Methodist Church Nigeria came into Ebonyi state to commiserate with Internally Displaced Persons who have been affected by the Ezza/Effium crisis, Nkalaha crisis, and Ngbo/Agila crisis.
“We have noted with serious concern, the level of carnage and humanitarian crisis caused by these crises around the state. We strongly condemn what is going on and ask that everybody should begin to seek the path of peace.
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“The college of Bishops who presented to the IDPs foodstuffs and cash for purposes of care has asked that the government should do their best to rehabilitate these people who have been affected including our Ministers, we lost one of them, one Chidera Njoku was killed in Nkalaha.
“We also call on the government to pursue seriously the anti-open grazing announcement they made by giving legal backing. Let there be a legal framework by the state Assemblies in the entire southeast to ensure that security personnel has the authority to enforce the ban on open grazing.
“We support also the Ebubeagu initiative and request that they be properly funded and this new outfit should not cause any conflict among security personnel. They should work together in tandem with other people to ensure that we have security around the southeast.
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“How can we be pursuing a common cause and we will be fighting each other?. Ebubeagu wants to protect the people of the southeast, Eastern Security Networks is protecting the people of the southeast. So, if we are serving the same cause, why should we be quarreling? We should just pursue whatever will bring peace in the southeast and stop any act of vilifying any group. Anybody who knows what to do to bring peace in the zone should bring it on board”.