Anambra Govt breaks silence on attack on Soludo •Declares it terrorist act; Reads Riot Act to politicians

April 4, 2021
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Anambra Govt breaks silence on attack on Soludo •Declares it terrorist act; Reads Riot Act to politicians

Posted by News Express | 4 April 2021 | 133 times

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•Ex-CBN Governor, Prof. Soludo

The Anambra State Government has finally reacted to the attack on former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, which left his three police orderlies dead and one other whisked away by the gunmen during the week.

The government in a statement by its Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba, on Saturday declared the incident as a terrorist act.

The statement said the government has been preoccupied with how to rescue Mr. Ezenwanne who was abducted, bring the perpetrators of the tragedy to justice and ensure that such tragedy does not reoccur in the state which has been famous in the last seven years for the peace it enjoys.

The government noted that some politicians in the state have started politicising the Isuofia tragedy, adding that just 48 hours after the incident, some politicians had begun to make all manner of statements through their ‘minions’ on the social media.

The statement, while cautioning politicians against politicising the incident, said the state administration policy is defined by solidarity and inclusiveness and that the administration has carefully avoided things which can cause or deepen divisions in society but has rather embraced those things which promote peace, love, unity and human dignity.

The statement reads: “The Anambra State Government has maintained careful and dignified silence on the tragedy which occurred in Isuofia, Aguata Local Government Area, on March 31 when a group of armed young men invaded the premises of the town’s Civic Centre where Professor Chukwuma Soludo, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and a leading aspirant of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), was holding talks with the youth of the area. 

“Three policemen providing security at the venue were killed in cold blood and the Anambra State Commissioner for Public Utilities, Mr. Emeka Ezenwanne, an engineer and indigene of the town, whisked away by the gunmen. We have refrained from making a public statement because the tragedy of this proportion was not known in the state in the last seven years when the state achieved its deserving status as Nigeria’s safest and most peaceful state. 

“The government has been preoccupied with how to rescue Mr Ezenwanne, bring the perpetrators of the tragedy to justice and ensure that nothing like this happens again in our state.

“We are, however, breaking our silence because of the determined attempt by some politicians in the state to politicize the Isuofia tragedy. Just 48 hours after the incident, the politicians had begun to make all manner of statements through their minions on the social media.

“The statements show no respect for the gallant policemen who died in the line of duty of making our place safe. They do not mourn with families of the dead police officers, nor do they commiserate with the police authorities. The statements show no sympathy for Professor Soludo who was apparently the main target of the dastardly attack. Neither do they exhibit sensitivity to the Ezenwanne family whose illustrious son has been missing. 

“Indeed, they do not care about the people and government of Anambra State led by Governor Willie Obiano who in the last seven years has not spared any resources to make Anambra not just Nigeria’s safest state but also the most socially harmonious.

“It is, therefore, unacceptable for a small band of politicians and their agents to use their access to the social media to politicize a tragedy which befell all the people of Anambra State. Only unconscionable people indulge in this kind of politics. Such people should not have a place in politics which, strictly speaking, is an avenue to serve the people, and not to seek power for its own sake and for self-aggrandizement.

“The actions of these so-called politicians are bizarre. Human life is sacred. It is so valued in traditional African society that when a person dies, even mortal foes and fiends of the family of the deceased suspend their enmity and pay a visit to the bereaved to condole them.

“The behavior of these politicians is a gross violation of the ethical philosophy of Igbo people which is captured in the popular saying, ‘onye aghana nwanne ya’, that is, ‘be your brother’s keeper’. ‘Onye aghana nwanne ya’ is the mantra of the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra State.

“It is disappointing that there are a handful of politicians in Anmabra State who have yet to key into Governor Obiano’s vision of a more humane and caring society. The state administration policy is defined by solidarity and inclusiveness. 

“The administration has carefully avoided things which can cause or deepen divisions in society but has rather embraced those things which promote peace, love, unity and human dignity. 

“For instance, the Anambra State Government almost led the one weeklong funeral of former Vice President Alex Ekwueme in 2018, despite the fact that Dr Ekwueme was a founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and his first daughter participated in the November 17, 2017 gubernatorial vote on the PDP platform while the state administration is APGA-controlled. There are many other important instances of solidarity led by Governor Obiano which culminated in social harmony on a grand scale in the state.”

The government reiterated its stand against any form of terrorism, noting that those in such act should retrace their steps immediately.

 

Source: News Express


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