Leaders from the South East geopolitical zone have applauded the Federal Government over the manner it handled the #EndSARS protest that rocked the country some weeks ago.
The leaders that included governors, senators and traditional rulers who were present at a meeting with the presidential delegation to the South East to discuss issues arising from the protest, stated that the FG handled the #EndSARS agitation maturely and professionally.
In a communiqué issued after their meeting with the delegation led by the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, the leaders requested the FG to look into the demands of various groups and youths with a view to resolving them.
The statement read by the Chairman of South East Governors Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, also thanked Buhari for the speed and restraint with which he handled the protest, which he said, engendered peace throughout the country, especially the South-East.
The governors also pledged their commitment to continuous coexistence with peaceful herdsmen who have been living peacefully in the region.
While stating that the region stands for an indivisible and united Nigeria built on love, fairness, equity, and justice, the governors called on the Federal Government to continue its support and diplomatic push for Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in her bid to be elected as the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.
The statement which also thanked the FG for rehabilitating the Akanu Ibiam International airport in Enugu, and the attention given to the second Niger Bridge, urged the Federal Government to give attention to the completion of the current road projects within the zone.
It further stated that the governors have plans to set up various empowerment programmes to gainfully engage the youths.
Dignitaries in the Presidential delegation included the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammad Adamu; Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Uchenna Ogah.
The governors included Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State; Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia; Hope Uzodinma of Imo and Wllie Obiano of Anambra represented by his Deputy Nkem Okeke.
Senators present at the meeting were Senators Enyinnaya Abaribe; and Sam Egwu.
Others included Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu who represented South-East elders; Archbishop of Enugu Anglican Communion, Emmanuel Chukwuma and the President of Ohanaze Ndigbo Worldwide, Nnia Nwodo.