Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has claimed that the unidentified gunmen responsible for the country’s mounting security difficulties are indigenes of the region.
According to Umahi, the unknown gunmen are not truly unknown, and that they are young men and women who, as future leaders, should preserve the interests of the South East.
On Tuesday, the governor appeared on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily program.
Umahi, who also decried the killing of some of the security operatives in the line of duty, urged the young people in the region to stop giving themselves to be killed.
The governor said, “When you have infested firewood, the ants will definitely come over there.
“Let our people come out to speak out that the unknown gunmen are not really unknown gunmen, they are our young men and women who will defend our land tomorrow; they should stop giving themselves to be killed.”
He added, “Let our people stop confronting the security agencies. Without burning properties of the government, there will be no need for the deployment of security operatives and when they’re deployed, you cannot tell them how to do the job when they’re confronted with death.
“A lot of them have lost their lives; they have families. We have to also know that the lives of the security operatives are the lives of our brothers and sisters, we’re killing ourselves and it should stop.”