“Politicization of Effium/Ezza Effium communal crisis by PDP faction unfortunate”-Nweze


An All Progressives Congress (APC) Chieftain in Ebonyi, Hon. Chaka Nweze has condemned the politicisation of the Effium/ Ezza Effium crisis by a faction of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ebonyi, describing it as unfortunate and senseless.

Nweze, a Former Executive and later Caretaker Chairman of Ohaozara Local Government Area of the state said that the PDP faction could have joined million of Ebonyians to condemn the wanton killings of hapless indigenes of the area instead of politicizing it.

The Former Vice Chairman of the state branch of the Association of Local Government Areas of Nigeria (ALGON) said that the several properties worth millions of naira which were burnt during the crisis could had been of great concern to the PDP faction instead of the grandstand it is currently making out of the crisis.

“It is obvious that this faction of PDP with Elder Fred Udogu as its chairman has not been comfortable since Gov. David Umahi took the patriotic giant leap of defecting from the PDP to the APC.

“This defection which has attracted unrivaled attention and commendation across the country has instantly, projected Ebonyi and the South East zone at the forefront of national discourse and already addressing the imbalance of marginalization being expressed by the zone,” he said.

He noted that well meaning Ebonyians have expressed concern over the mayhem and called on the warring parties to sheath their sword and allow peace reign in the area known for its huge agricultural and business potentials.

“The governor’s directive and enforcing the arrest of all stakeholders from the area is commendable and it shows that he is desirous to nip the crisis in the bud and prosecute all those responsible for the carnage.

“It is only a governor with the zeal and political-will to sincerely address inherent security challenges that would muster the courage to direct security agencies to detain of all political stakeholders from the warring areas.

“It is a rarity in this country where political aficionados and sentimental considerations reign in our political system and this shows that this is a no-nonsense governor,”

Nweze noted that since the crisis erupted, the state government has been proactive alongside security agencies in ensuring that normalcy returns to the area and that the culprits no matter how highly placed, are arrested and prosecuted.

“The state deputy governor in conjunction with security agencies daily visit the area and even led the operation which saw to the raiding of criminal elements perpetrating the mayhem crisis and arresting over 70 of them and taken to the state Police Headquarters, Abakaliki.

“The governor visited the area, held positive dialogue with the people, assured them of the safety and provided humanitarian assistance to them.

“He is also in close contact with various mobile telecommunication networks to screen the conversations of all political stakeholders from the state to ascertain the various conversations they held within the period to aid in the intensive investigations.

“He has sworn that all culprits in the crisis must be brought to book because the offences they are being investigated border on murder and arson,” he said.

He urged Umahi not to be distracted by the antics of the opposition but concentrate and find lasting solution to the crisis as he permanently solved the Ezillo/ Ezza Ezillo crisis.

“It is to Umahi’s credit that he permanently solved the endemic Ezillo/ Ezza Ezillo crisis which defied all efforts of previous administrations and he should replicate the same feat in the present crisis.

“He should deploy the same arsenal with which he solved Ezillo/ Ezza Ezillo crsis to this present one among other cases of communal crisis in the state,” he said.

The APC chieftain advised the opposition in the state to be mindful that the governor is the chief security officer in the state and would discharge such functions to all citizens.

“The governor is pained over the crisis and it would be ridiculous to link him or his administration to the crisis which affected the people he swore an oath of office to protect.

“The governor is not from the affected area, the affected local government or even senatorial zone but his proactive response to the crisis shows that the whole of Ebonyi is under his governance

“I also commend the proactive response of security agencies in responding to the situation as it shows that the new Commissioner for Police in the state for instance, is desirous to rid the state of all forms of criminality,” he said. 

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