Gov Umahi Caution Political Leaders Against Inciting, Provocative Utterances

By Celestine Okeh, Abakaliki

Governor David Nweze Umahi has cautioned political actors in the state against making provocative and Inciting utterances that may trigger violent and jeoperdize the existing peace in the state.

Governor Umahi made the caution on Tuesday, while briefing newsmen on the just concluded elections in his Office, Ochoudo Centenary City, Abakaliki, Tuesday.

He condemned the brutal murder of a Traditional Ruler from Ezza North Local Government Area, Ezeogo Igboke Ewa by unknown gunmen.

"Only last night, I got the news of the murder of His Royal Highness, Eze Igboke Ewa who is the Chairman Traditional Rulers Council in Ezza North and entire Ezza Nation."

The Governor directed the Commissioner of Police, Sunday Olaleye to deploy his men to arrest the perpetrators as soon as possible.

"I have directed the Commissioner of Police to fish out the perpetrators and their sponsors, no life is worth spilling because of politics."

Governor Umahi cautioned politicians to desist from making inciting statements in order not to heighten tension in the State.

"I think that Democracy is about making choices and not clannishly clamping down on those with dissenting views.

"Let me appeal to political Candidates to stop making inciting statements, to stop inciting the people, to stop importing people to start demonstration.

"Every leader like me should exercise some restraints, if you put on fire, you wouldn't know how far the fire could go."

The Governor called on Security Agencies to avoid complacency to ensure a more peaceful outing during the forthcoming Governorship and House of Assembly elections.

"Let me also use this opportunity to caution security Agencies, their conduct during the last election leaves much to be desired especially in Ebonyi South Senatorial Zone.

"They must as Security Agencies in this State be neutral because our people will resist them. What happened on February 25, will not happen again in the next election.

He appealed to people of the South East to remain calm even as there are reservations in some quarters over the outcome of the recently conducted Presidential and National Assembly elections.

"Let me call on our brothers and sisters in the South East, South South and all over Nigeria to please remain calm, let me assure everyone living in South East to remain calm, we the South East Governors have met virtually and I urge all to remain law abiding as the Umpire sorts out the issue."

While commending people of Ebonyi South Senatorial Zone for their solidarity to his Candidature, Governor Umahi enjoined them to remain resolute to ensure comprehensive victory in the forthcoming general elections.

"It would have been one of the wonders of the world if I was not elected and the world would have been asking Ebonyi people what went wrong".

The Governor accused the Commissioner of Police, Sunday Olaleye of encouraging laxity amongst his men which resulted in some skirmishes during the elections.

"So I want to warn him to stop inciting the people, if he had been doing that and going scot-free, we are not going allow that going forward.

"The security Agencies are not being firm, they keep quiet when these crises are growing only to claim to be doing something when the problem is full-blown.

"My advice is for them to nip crises, not only in Ebonyi but all over Nigeria, in the bud once and for all.

"The Commissioner of Police that is newly posted here is not doing his work, he is just sitting on the fence but I have warned him that he will be responsible if anything happens."

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