The last previous senator, representing the Senate district of Imo West and the candidate for governor of All Progressives Congress, APC, in the last elections, Hope Uzodinma warned the political leaders against declarations of division.
Speaking at a stakeholder meeting in his country home in Omuma on Monday in the state of Imo, he urged Igbo living in the north and Fulani shepherds living in the south to take care of their business, saying no should panic about inflammatory statements of some elements in the country
Senator Uzodinma was reacting to the recent declaration of a coalition of some northern groups asking Fulani southern shepherds to go home.
He urged people to keep faith with the assurances that President Muhammadu Buhari gave him that the security of the lives and property of all Nigerians was guaranteed throughout the country and that those who violated the peace would be taken to the book.
We recall that a group of young people from the North supported by some elders last week, invited Fulani pastors in the South to return to the North, citing alleged provocative statements by some Southern leaders as proof that they were not safe in the south.
But Uzodinma who frowned at the comments, urged politicians to stop heating up the polity by politicizing security matters, adding that, “we all must believe in the ability of our President who is a tested General in the Army to find solution to the challenges.”
According to him, “I have the full confidence that the federal government has both the will and might to secure the lives and properties of all Nigerians everywhere in the land”.
He further urged N’digbo not to panic and go about their normal businesses in the nook and cranny of the nation, “because I know that our security is guaranteed.”
“There is no nation today that is not facing security challenges, even in Europe and America but the question is whether the government of the day is tackling. In the case of Nigeria, yes President Buhari is tackling it.
“Our soldiers are better equipped today than before Mr President came in. And today there is no local government under the grip of Boko Haram any more in Nigeria unlike during the PDP.
“So we must commend the efforts of Mr President and our Armed Forces who have brought insurgents to their knees. All we need to do now as politicians is to desist from inflammatory comments and support the laudable efforts being made by this administration in finding lasting solution to the situation”, he stated.