Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has approached the Federal Government to change the Security Chiefs to give space for new thoughts and methodology in handling the dangers of internal security.
The governor, Wike settled on the decision during the wreath laying and parade ceremony put in place to mark the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Port Harcourt on Friday.
The governor, who recognized the endeavors made so far by the nation’s security chiefs in the fight against insurgents, noted anyway that in spite of full military commitment with Boko Haram and bandits, the dangers give off an impression of being overpowering on the nation’s security agencies.
Governor Wike stated, Boko Haram, bandits and killer herders have kept on overrunning networks, arbitrarily murdering and abducting helpless individuals.
As indicated by him, these insurgents have likewise decimated private and public property without any difficulty, and it is the ideal opportunity for the Federal Government to make an unequivocal move and end such menace.
“A nation is as strong as its Armed Forces. Her failure to defeat the Boko Haram insurgency notwithstanding long periods of full military commitment shows that everything isn’t well with our methodologies and responsibilities to the fight against the internal security.
“Today, consequently, additionally raises the need to for us all to be worried by the disintegrating security across the nation and restate the call on the Federal Government to do all things needed to bring the security threat by Boko Haram and armed bandits to a definitive end in the most limited conceivable time.
“We thank the Service Chiefs for their endeavors so far in the fight against the insurgents. Yet, we additionally line up with the worry of citizens that having apparently reached their wit end, they should now give way for new hands and thoughts to give the battle the driving force that it so unequivocally needs to guarantee that Boko Haram and killer bandits are extensively crushed and cleared out of presence.
“The time has arrived for the Federal Government to stop the pretence, change procedure, look for help from our companions and stand up to the direness of the internal security situation in Nigeria with each weaponry available to it to stop the slaughtering, free all hostages and improve the physical security of our nation for all Nigerians,” he said.
The governor expressed that all Nigerians are charitable recipients of the different penances made by the Armed Forces as they put their life in line to defend the nation.
According to Governor Wike, the least obligation each Nigerian owes the soldiers, veterans, and their families is to keep on recollecting, respect and commend them for their remarkable courage in service and sacrifice to the nation.
“On this solemn day and event hence, we join the rest of our nation to respect and honor every one of our officers who lost their lives at the different battlefields in the service of our country.
“We likewise salute and honor each serving member of Nigerian Armed Forces continuing today in the noble tradition of those before them dutifully defending our nation’s territorial integrity.
“They are fighting to keep us safe and secured in the face of insurgencies from Boko Haram, Bandits and other criminal elements posing a threat on our peace and security across the nation.
“Our dearest nation is still together, existing and waxing stronger as one unified, free, and democratic nation in light of your responsibility and sacrifice to its solidarity and progress.
“As Nigerians, our collective desire is to have a nation where we would all be able to live in solidarity, freedom and security. A nation where our kids and grandkids can live in relative comfort and take a stab at a more promising time to come,” he expressed.
Governor Wike expressed the need to have a lasting reward framework for officers and men of the Armed Forces to encourage them in their sacrifices to the nation.
He said his administration has kept on executing such financial support strategy for security personnel of Rivers origin as a result of the worth it puts on the selfless sacrifices they make to keep Nigeria united and in harmony.
Youth wing of Christian Association condemns attacks in Owerri Prisons, others
Youth Wing of Christian Association of Nigeria, (YOWICAN), has condemned the attack at Police Headquarters and Correctional Centre in Owerri on Easter Monday where many prisoners and cell inmates were set free by gunmen whose identities are yet be ascertained.
Regretting the attack, National Chairman, Youth Wing of Christian Association of Nigeria, Hon Belusochukwu Michael Enwere , in a chat on Saturday, called for proactive security in the South East, particularly in Imo State.
YOWICAN told federal and states governments to ensure that security apparatuses in the country especially in the South East are well equipped, well paid to enable them to curtail insecurity.
Belusochukwu advised government to urgently address issues that lead to insecurity by providing employment, create economic opportunities, engage youths and women on meaningful skills training such as welding, barbing, sewing, ICT and empower them accordingly, including awarding scholarships in both home and overseas to youths and students, provide infrastructure to all existing communities to spur people to productivity, give loan or grants to devoted farmers to encourage production of sufficient food, as well as provide quality and affordable education.
YOWICAN regretted that Fulani herders are terrorizing peaceful farmers in their farms and at home hence rising insecurity, food insufficiency, hunger and suffering, calling on government to stop the terror of Fulani herders by encouraging them to rear their herds in secluded environments in order to reduce insecurity and hunger.
Lauding Governor Hope Uzodimma for achieving great feat on quality road construction and rehabilitation in the state, Belusochukwu encouraged the governor to continue to solidify good governance to recover the state so that citizens will share in the administration’s prosperity and goodies for peace, comfort and security to reign supremely, saying “Imo State is a walking progress and must prevail”. We thank His Excellency for the passion he has for good governance and youth empowerment”.
However, the association urged citizens and other residents of the state to throw their weights to the Governor and his apostles to enable them achieve success for the state.
Chalvon explodes over 2023 Imo guber
… Insists On Uzodinma’s 2nd Term
… Cautions Detractors
Ahead of 2023 Imo Guber, Prince Charles Amadi, Charlvon has called Imo on people particularly the people of Owerri Zone to remain supportive of Uzodinma led administration to enable him complete his constitutionally provide 8 years tenure as Imo State Governor.
This is even as he assured that with persistent support for Uzodinma, the people of Owerri zone are certain of succeeding the governor after 8 years hence the Governor would be left with no option than to support an Owerri person in the 2027 Guber elections.
The oil magnet who disclosed this to the press in his Owerri Residence over the weekend further used the medium to call on the Imo people to ignore those discrediting him on the pages of the newspaper stressing that the said people are not members of the APC hence their discredit on his personality and integrity.
Prince Charles Amadi (Chalvon), is a successful business mogul cum renowned philanthropist and one of the highest financier of All Progressive Congress, APC in Imo State .
Prince Amadii in this interview with journalists who visited his palatial Home in Owerri over the weekend called on Owerri Zone people to speak with one voice and support Gov Hope Uzodinma’s administration to succeed because it would be in the interest of the zone to support the governor so that when he finishes his constitutional tenure in 2027- the zone will have a chance of taking over from him. Because of the support we shall give him –
Question 1: May we meet you Sir?
Answer: My name is Prince Charles Amadi. I’m a stakeholder in Imo State, a stalwart of APC in Imo State and one of the leaders of Mbaike Forum.
Question 2 : How do you react to the allegation that you said that Uzodimma would hand over to an Mbaike person of Owerri Zone extraction to succeed him in 2027?
Answer: We have never said that I’m the only person in Mbaike. There are lots of people who support Governor Hope Uzodimma. I only encouraged those people supporting his Excellency to come out and preach his good work.
Question 3: There was a rumor that you always support an Orlu man to continue to succeed an Orlu man to govern Imo State, leaving you as an enemy of Mbaike and Owerri Zone?
Answer: Those people attacking me are envious of my track records. And I want to repeat, we have nine local government areas in Owerri Zone. And six of the LGAs traditionally have worked together way back. In Owerri Zone, we have Mbaise Zone, Owerri Federal Constituency (which includes Ngor-Okpala), Mbaike: Mbaitoli/Ikeduru Zone. I’m a realist. I do not pretend. I say the position of things as at today, means that in the PDP, the ticket will go to Emeka Ihedioha, an Mbaise man. And traditionally, they don’t spread things. They like to keep goodies of government among themselves – and we are saying that it would be in the interest the other six LGAs of Owerri Zone to support Hope Uzodimma so that when he finishes his constitutional tenure in 2027- the other six LGAs will have a chance of taking over from him. Because of the support we shall give him- Hope Uzodimma because he is doing great in governance of Imo state.
Question 4: You are u respected stakeholder in Imo State, your assessment of Uzodimma led shared prosperity administration
Answer: Uzodimma is doing greatly. His government is a walking progress. Look at the infrastructure he is putting in Imo. Look at the amount of roads he has done within short period in governance. Yes, I have been in politics for 21 years – I have not been in governorship position, in the Senate, House of Representatives, House of Assembly or other elected positions. And I don’t want to. But I play good politics to the advantage and good of all- for the development and economic advancement of Imo State. Because I believe in good governance and in Imo State.
Question 5: Is that why your detractors are envious of you?
Answer: My detractors- about forty of them- are not members of APC. Most of them are in Mbaike Forum ( Union) we formed including Prince Marcon Nlemigbo, APC Imo State Caretaker Committee Chairman, various leaders of APC, PDP, APGA among others are in Mbaike Forum. Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Ahaejiagamba, is our Grand Patron. These men- we cannot discuss anything in Mbaike without them. *The detractors just want to be heard. However, the reception, being given to us is even beyond our imagination. We parade industrialists, technocrats – people of timbres and calibres – who have been wonderful and we shall not disappoint them. These detractors, no doubt, are being sponsored by people who cannot organize anything successfully. Some of them do not even have First Degrees. They have never seen the walls of the university. One of them is a fair businessman and a fair politician. The only option to them is to attack my person. We know him- how many people was he able to register in his tiny town- yet he comes out and makes noise. How many people was he able to bring to vote for APC in his tiny town*.
Question 6: How is APC faring in Imo?
Answer: Our party, APC, is united in Imo under Governor Hope Uzodimma. It is just a mere quarrel which happens in other parties- but that of PDP is even worse.
Question 7: Apex Leadership crises is causing division in Imo APC and may negatively affect 2023 election, don’t you think so, and remember what happened to Okigwe Senatorial Bye election.
Answer: No. No. First of all, we did not lose election in Okigwe Senatorial Zone. The lost of the election at Obowo LGA does not have to do with Apex Leadership crisis. Court will maintain our mandate for us. Apex Leadership is a motivator in a particular area, it is not given, you earn it. For example, in Owerri Zone, we have Prince Lemmy Akakem, who is doing well and you have to earn people’s trust before they can you leader. We have become a rallying point and mostly people who have just come into the party or people who have been in the party- when they saw that Ihedioha had been declared winner- they went and started eating with Ihedioha- and came back as Supreme Court declared Hope Uzodinma winner.
But persons like Prince Lemmy Akakem stood his ground and in Ikeduru, we have leaders who galvanize the party- we know ourselves and there are a lot of people who in the morning they will shout Hope! Hope! But in the night they plot to stop him in 2023. But I assure you that APC is very united and most of these people making noise – come 2023 will not be with us, they are only friends on a rainy days.
Question 8: The issue of President- General allegedly imposed by IMC Chairmen in Imo communities is destabilising APC. How do you react to it.
Answer: Constitution of APC provides for interim President- General. There is nothing new in that. You cannot say imposition when the situation is interim- the government has the right to nominate anybody to manage the community affairs in the time being.
Question 9: what is Your take on insecurity in Imo and other South Eastern States.
Answer: I will not say much of what Governor Uzodimma had said about what causes insecurity in the state and who are behind it. It is the handiwork of political detractors. His Excellency, Hope Uzodimma, is on top of the situation to safeguard Imo State. Notably, South East will come together soon to discuss how to secure the Zone.
Question 9 : You so much love Uzodinma, is it because of his leadership acumen and dexterity?
Answer: Yes His good governance Hence, we are working very hard in support of Hope Uzodimma. We are asking all our brothers and sisters to join us genuinely to support the work of the governor. Our brothers attacking me (Prince Charls Amadi) and Prince Lemmy Akakem, should please, support us to support the pragmatic governor for the good and prosperity of Imo State and its citizenry.
Attack on Imo: Uzodinma exonerates herders, attributes actions to Politicians
Again, Governor of Imo State Senator Hope Uzodinma has accused those he termed greedy political leaders of master minding the attacks on Imo correctional Centre and the State CID.
This is even as he exonerated the Fulani Herdsmen of being responsible for the attacks as insinuated in various quarters.
Uzodinma who disclosed this in Government House over the weekend while receiving the leadership of the Northern Community in Imo Also assured them of the government’s protection.
Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has assured the Northern community residing in the state of government’s protection always, saying that they are part and parcel of Imo State.
“This is where you live. This is where you do your business. You are stakeholders in Imo State. Sit in your house and defend yourself and protect your house. Nobody will drive you away,” Governor Uzodimma told the leadership of the Northern community who held a meeting with him at the Government House Owerri at the weekend.
The leadership of the Northern community said they had come to pay a solidarity visit to Governor Uzodimma and to solicit his continued support to them in the face of recent pockets of insecurity affecting them.
Governor Uzodimma who told the northerners that they are taxpayers in Imo State admonished them not to be “tenants in your house,” adding, “Once you are here doing your business you are from Imo State.”
The governor told them that “every protection or support I can give to the Igbo man from Imo State I will also give to a northerner who is in Imo State.”
Governor Uzodimma reminded them again that they voted for him overwhelmingly and that government has a programme for them that will help them live well and conduct their businesses properly.
He told them that government has taken note of the development in their habitation and assured them that it will not happen again.
“This government has no time for nonsense. Don’t go for self help. Government will help you. No arrangement by any person or group will be stronger than that of government. All we need from you is information. Pray for the souls of those who lost their lives,” the Governor informed the group.
Governor Uzodimma who thanked the leaders of the northern community for their maturity and understanding of the events happening in Imo State of late noted that the development has nothing to do with herdsmen, but the “conspiracy of some blood thirsty and greedy political leaders from the state working to ensure that state of emergency is declared in Imo State.”
“They want to create impression that the people are fighting the northerners. But unfortunately their plans did not work and will not work. Blood means nothing to them and that is the difference between them and us,” Governor Uzodimma explained.
The governor said because the political leaders in question know that the northern community in Imo State is supporting him they decided to go after them. He said: “those who are after you are after me and God will not allow them to succeed.”
Governor Uzodimma therefore promised to enhance the security in all the places they reside in Imo State.
Earlier, leader of the delegation, Alhaji Adamu Baba Sule told the Governor that they came to give both moral support and pledge their solidarity.
He said regardless of the recent development, “Imo State remains the most peaceful and most accommodating to the Northerners in the South East.”
He regretted that “bad political leaders in Imo State conspire with others elsewhere to cause problem for the people,” and pleaded with Governor Uzodimma to beef up security at their places of abode.
They also reminded the government that most of those being mowed down by bandits as herdsmen are Imo indigenes who practise Islam as their religion.
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