Political and religious leaders in the state have been advised not to play local politics with the issue of insecurity in the country but to properly liaise the state government to carry the grievances of the people to those on whose shoulders the responsibility falls squarely on.
Giving the advice yesterday, the Director-General of the Imo Orientation Agency, Chief Ethelbert Okere, said it is incumbent upon them to be strategic in making contributions to critical national issues that also affect the state.
In answer to a question by our reporters over the recent statement by the Archbishop of the Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, Most Reverend Anthony Obinna, concerning the alleged influx of armed Almajiris and herdsmen into the state, Okere described the statement as “a misplaced strategy”.
Reminded that state governors are the chief security officers of their respective states, Okere said:” That is a mere platitude. I should expect that our leaders should be able to let the people understand that the security apparatus of the country is not under the control of state government”.He described the statement credited to the Archbishop as “a wasted effort because it is not bold and strong enough to elicit the appropriate responses from those appropriate quarters .”
Continuing, the director-general said: “We should not limit our search for a solution within the confines of Ekeonunwa market or Douglas road.
The matter goes beyond merely reminding Ndigbo that they are endangered. Such tactics may have the unintended consequences of stampeding the people into venting their anger on the law-abiding nonindigenes who have been living peacefully with us. We need to be more tactical on the matter”, Chief Okere said.
On the influx of Almajiris, he said: “I wonder why we should single out state governors for blame. Who are those manning the various security checkpoints between Kano, Kaduna and Owerri, Enugu, or Onitsha? Are they not soldiers, policemen, and other categories of security personnel who are under the direct and exclusive control of the federal government?”