Gov Umahi made this known during the Ebonyi End SARS youth summit, with the theme ‘Youth engagement in national development’, which took place at the ecumenical Christian centre, Abakaliki.
Gov Umahi, who addressed over one thousand five hundred youths selected from the 13 local government areas of the state, expressed regret over the destruction of police and other public facilities built by the government to serve the people in the region.
He tasked youths to desist from setting police facilities ablaze.
Recall that, numerous police stations in the southeast were set ablaze by youths organizations especially in Ebonyi where over ten police stations were razed and at least five police officers killed in Ezza south, Ezza North, Izzi, Ohaozara, Ikwo, Ebonyi and Abakaliki Local government areas of the state.
The governor, however, promised to work with all youth groups in the region but on the condition that they must avert further killings of police officers and the burning of police stations and public facilities built by the government.
He said: “You must know that whatever you sow, you will reap. If you sow destruction or goodwill you will reap it. You allow yourself to be used by politicians to destroy others, it is waiting for you to reap.
“I was told that the most wicked people on earth are poor people because, in a small riot, they want to destroy things.
“The organizers of EndSARS protest had good intention, unfortunately, some hoodlums along the line hijacked it. But we did exonerate our youths. What later happened was never their making.
“I commend our dear President Buhari who immediately yielded to the demands of the youths and disbanded the section of the police called SARS, and today we don’t have SARS.
“Mr. President has gone ahead to give hands of fellowship to our youths and it is all over the nation. The President has directed that a national program be organized for the youths.
“We want to hear you on how we will govern you. We want to know the way we will prepare the future for you. We want to know how you will handle us when we become much younger and you have taken over.
“Nobody wants to be kidnapped at the age of 70, 80 or 90 just because of insecurity. That’s why we want to hear you out. We want you to take your future into your hands. We have set out N3 billion to empower the youths.
“I want to appeal to our youths, the south-east governors are not against any youth organization. We are not against the youths, we want to work with you. But look at what happened at the EndSARS period, you are destroying the strategic infrastructure, what do you want to achieve?