The President Buhari-led federal government has called on the people of the South East geo-political zone to be patient, law-abiding and peaceful as the presidency was committed toward bringing to a halt the issue of insurgency across the country.
Speaking at his country home at Uburu in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Abia state, where he received key stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in his residence, Minister of Science and Technology, Chief Ogbonnaya Onu, has appealed for calm among the people of the South East zone and charged them not to take laws into their hands as the President had already given directives towards curbing the recent herdmen’s menace.
“The President has condemned it; we appeal to our people in the South-East to exercise patience,” Ogbonnaya Onu said.
This call by the minister came as Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, yesterday, doled out N100 million to fund Neighbourhood Watch groups in 472 communities to complement the services of security agencies in the state.
“This situation is not pleasing to anybody but the Federal Government is desirous to achieve a peaceful, strong and united nation. The government appeals to south-easterners especially youths, not to take laws into their hands as a result of the development.
“The people should exercise patience, as the president has categorically condemned the herdsmen’s actions and directed that no effort should be spared in checking the situation. The Ibos are known globally to be peace loving and abhorrers of violence, as I enjoin them to maintain such virtue,” Onu said.
Speaking on the meeting where he made the call, he aid it involved elected APC leaders, national leaders, members of the National Working Committee (NWC) and other stakeholders from the zone.
“We discussed ways of consolidating on the party’s achievements and making it stronger because we want to start winning elections in the zone. We also discussed the disputed issue of state chairmanship of the party, as it will be resolved very soon,” he said.
Onu also urged Nigerians to be patient with the president on the issue of 2016 budget assent, noting that he wanted to get things right.