By Chuks Eke
President Ahmed Bola Tinubu has been tasked to urgently address the high rate of insecurity bedevilling the South-East geological zone of the country.
High Chief Henry Uzozie, National Leader of Igbo bu Igbo General forum in Nigeria who gave the task in a press statement issued in Onitsha, Anambra state, said the call became imperative considering the volume of lives and property of Nigerians being lost on a daily basis.
According to Uzozie, one way of addressing insecurity and restoring peace in the region is for the federal government to temper justice with mercy and release the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from the detention, in line with the law.
“Ashiwaju Bola Tinubu is a President that listens to his people and I urge him to look into the insecurity situation in the South-East to enable peace and development return to the region”.
He maintained that it is only when the region is peaceful that the masses can go about their normal businesses, the women can go to their farmlands freely and work without putting their lives on the line, while other economic activities would come alive once again.
He therefore charged the Governors of South-East to come together and assist the Federal Government in fashioning out the best way to address the insecurity situation, since they are the ones at the helm of affairs in the South-East.
“I will tell all the Governors in the South-East to come together and unite to find a resolution to this ugly situation affecting the region. They should try to listen to their people and know what the people want and dialogue with them to maintain peace in the region according to law”, Uzozie stated.
Chief Uzozie also decried the ugly policy of Sit-at-home every Monday in the South-East being orchestrated by hoodlums who disguise themselves in various names to perpetrate crime and criminalities in the region.
According to him, “this Sit-at-home is affecting the elderly who cannot go to their farms freely, the traders cannot go about their businesses where they make their living daily to take care of themselves and their loved ones. This is not normal anymore because the economy of the South-East is dying and collapsing very fast”.
He further appealed to the President in conjunction with the Governors of the South-East states to take necessary actions to address this menace quickly so that the people can move freely, associate freely and carry out their businesses without fear of being attacked.
On the issue of the Supreme Court judgement affirming President Bola Tinubu as the duly elected President of the February 25 Presidential election, Chief Uzozie expressed support to the Supreme court verdict, adding that t he strongly believe that as a laws abiding citizen of Nigeria , he has to agree with the court, as long as it remains the final arbiter in Nigeria.
“I must .also say that all Nigerians should embrace the judgement in good fate and move on. And moving on is that we all should support the ruling government and bring out ideas that would improve on the quality and standard of lives of the masses”.
He enjoined the two major opposition parties (LP and PDP) to sheath their swords and support the ruling party to move the country to the next level, adding that both parties have proved that election can be turned around for the masses to participate in the election processes. “We should follow the due process of the law according to the Supreme Court’, Chief Uzozie said.