The Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, PhD has tasked leaders across the globe to work towards finding a common ground for more collaboration against the global threat of terrorism.
Speaking to newsmen at the end of the Extraordinary Summit of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Terrorism held at Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, Governor Ikpeazu stated that the growing threats of terrorism can only be squarely tackled when leaders at all levels across the globe come together to fashion out a synergy against the scourge which stands as a potent threat to global peace.
Governor Ikpeazu who attended the Summit as part of the Nigerian delegation called for a shift from a core geographic approach to what he described as a “geostrategic approach” in the war against terror, identifying issues like intelligence gathering and sharing, joint operations, good governance and a structured educational system of young persons as ways that can be adopted in the fight to end global terror.
While identifying terrorism as a real and present threat to peace, democracy and socio-economic development across the globe, Ikpeazu also tasked world leaders to intensify efforts towards the identification and blocking of sources of funding for terrorists which he described as “the oxygen upon which terrorism thrives”.
He also agreed with participants at the summit on the need for the propagation of “tolerant Islam” as one of the potent ways of fighting terrorism on a global scale.
Speaking further, Governor Ikpeazu said that in Abia State, the strategy of his administration has been to intensify intelligence gathering as a potent approach in the fight against crimes, stating that as a state which is at the confluence of seven states, Abia must be interested in what happens in terms of security in states around her. According to him, the rise in the incidence of kidnapping in the state some years ago was a spillover effect of the activities of militants in the neighbouring states of the Niger Delta.
Ikpeazu noted that the sharp drop in criminal activities in Abia State in the last five years is attributable to the grace of God, coupled with deliberate steps by his administration to fight criminality to a standstill through equipping the security forces, strengthening community involvement in fighting crimes and the promotion of policies that mainstream youth economic empowerment through the development of small and medium enterprises.
Governor Ikpeazu announced the establishment of a Ministry of Homeland Security as a fallout of the decision of the Governors of the South East region at their meeting some weeks ago in Enugu to set up state-based outfits that will strengthen internal security, assuring that a substantive Commissioner will be appointed to take charge of the new Ministry once the State Legislature approves the list of nominees sent to them, and assured that his administration will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that every inch of the Abia territory is well policed.
Governor Ikpeazu expressed profound appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for finding him fit and proper to be part of the Nigerian delegation to the Summit which has deepened his understanding of the issues around global terrorism as a necessary fallout of local security lapses and pledged the commitment of his administration to strengthen security in the state, especially in view of the direct link between stable security and the drive for investments.
Onyebuchi Ememanka, Esq
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.
15th September 2019.
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.