A major setback may have hit the South East Security outfit “EBUBEAGU” as the founding chairman of the Committee which midwifed it, Major General Obi Abel Umahi (rtd) has resigned.
The resignation of General Umahi who is a brother of the incumbent Ebonyi state Governor, Dave Umahi, may not be unconnected with political disagreement within the Committee members on one hand and between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) members within Ebonyi state.
OPTIMUM TIMES recall that PDP members had of recent accused Governor Dave Umahi of using the “EBUBEAGU” to intimidate and harass PDP members who refused to decamp to APC along with him.
OPTIMUM TIMES gathered that from inception even before Governor Umahi’s decamping from PDP to APC, he had solely been the financier of the formation and operation of the “EBUBEAGU” before it was formally introduced to the public.
It is anticipated that with the sudden resignation of the chairman of the South East Security Committee which was formed on August 31, 2019, such funding by Governor Umahi may be withdrawn.
Umahi tendered his resignation in a letter dated June 4, 2021, entitled: “Resignation As Chairman South east Security Committee – Ebubeagu” and addressed to chairman of the South East Governor’s Forum.
Part of the letter which reads: “Since this Security Committee was formed, we deliberated and agreed on ways to raise security consciousness down to the community level in Igbo land, mode of operations, logistics and some types of equipment required, such as drones, vehicles etc. We also crafted the Concept of SE Security.
Additionally, I chaired a 21-man Committee set up to draft a legal framework for the SE Security outfit. The committee was composed of members of SE Security committee, the Attorney generals of the five Se States and some prominent Igbo sons and daughters. The 21-man Legal Framework Committee was funded to completion by the Governor of Ebonyi State.
“On 11th April, 2021, SE Governors announced the formation of EBUBEAGU at Owerri. Subsequently, the draft legal framework produced by the 21-man Committee was reviewed by SE Security Committee members and the Attorney Generals of the five Se States to suit South East Ebubeagu Security outfit
The SE Security Committee thoroughly prepared and submitted the modalities, including the structure, for the take-off of EBUBEAGU to the Governors’ Forum during the security of South East Governors’ Forum, attended by the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide and some other Igbo leaders a request that EBUBEAGU should be jointly rolled out as a matter of urgency and also funded by the Government of the five SE States. From inception to date, SE Security Committee was never funded at all in any capacity and not even an office space was provided.
At this juncture that EBUBEAGU will soon come fully on-stream, I respectfully request that Your Excellencies kindly permit me to resign my appointment as the chairman, SE Security Committee. in the spirit of my love to serve Ndigbo, i can assure you that i will always be available to advice on the success of EBUBEAGU at no cost, just as i served as the Chairman of South East Security Committee from 31 August 2019 till date at no cost directly or indirectly to the five South East State Government, groups and individual. I highly appreciate Your Excellencies for the opportunity you gave me to serve Ndigbo.
“Please be assured of my loyalty, respect and accept my highest regards of your esteemed considerations.”
The letter was copied to Amb. (Prof) George Obiozor, president general, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide and director general, South East Governors’ Forum.