The Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, told newsmen that he cannot fight insecurity in the state by himself without help from stakeholders.
Uzodinma said this after meeting he had with President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He also said that stakeholders, including traditional, religious and political leaders, must engage the people to restore normalcy in the state.
He said this about former office holders in the state that are keeping mum over the insecurity and violence in the state
“If they speak out against the unwholesome activities of those destabilizing the country, things would be different.
“So far, the situation is relatively okay in Imo State than it was. People can come around and do business. Normal life has resumed in the state. Security agencies are on top of the situation,” he said.
On why he said that the opposition are not helping in the fight against insecurity in the state, he said: “It is not only in Imo; I didn’t limit it to Imo. I am saying, and I want to say it again, that cases of insecurity here and there in the country have not been helped by the posture of the opposition party and some aggrieved politicians.
“How many of them are speaking out? How many of them are condemning what is going on? Rather, what you see are leaders fanning the embers of insecurity, blaming the only government.”
For those saying he closed the door for dialogue, he has this to say to them: “That is their thinking. I don’t know the kind of utterance that I have made that suggests that I closed the door. I closed no door. If you have monitored what is going on in Imo of late, you would have seen me receiving leadership by leadership according to the Local Council, trying to find a common way of resolving these security challenges in the state.
“It is not only Imo that has security challenges. In fact, I can even tell you that Imo’s case is better, apart from one or two cases that involved Very Important Personalities (VIPs). There has never been a time 20 persons died simultaneously or school children were kidnapped, and all that.”