The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has told the people and leaders of the South-East zone that security is paramount to any economic activity.
He therefore urges all hands to be on the deck to stem the rising insecurity in the zone.
Dr. Obiora Ifoh, National Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party, in a statement quoted Obi from a message he sent to the South-East Summit on Economy and Security in Owerri, Imo state, noting that the Summit was coming at this auspicious time given the disturbing insecurity in the region which has far-reaching implications to the socio-economic and political development in the geo-political zone.
In the message, Obi commended the South-East governors for being thoughtful in organizing the summit and apologized for his absence, despite being duly invited, saying it was due to an inevitable earlier scheduled engagement outside the country.
The LP standard bearer whose message was aired at the summit, urged the leaders to come together and speak up on the way to end the embarrassing insecurity in the region.
“This summit which is focusing merely on security and its economic impact on the South-East has come at the most auspicious time.
“It’s very necessary that as a people we come together and put our heads together to find lasting solution to this problem of insecurity in our homeland.
“Our mainstay as a people is business, no business and indeed any other economic activity would thrive amid insecurity.
“If we put our minds to it and work in unity and mutual trust, we will find a way out of this problem that is alien to us”.
Obi commend the leaders, governors and people of the South-East for initiating the idea of the summit and working together to make this a reality.
He urged participants and others who for one readon or the other could not attend, “to speak up, contribute ideas, and be part of the initiatives or actions that would be agreed upon at this summit to bring an end to the problem of insecurity in our region.”
The former Anambra state Governor also prayed God to grant South-East leaders “the wisdom, strength, and courage to take the necessary steps to end insecurity in our homeland so that we can continue to work with our God-given talent and energy to restore peace, tranquility in the South East and indeed our dear country Nigeria”