Ahead of the 2023 general elections, senator representing Ebonyi Central District in the Natíonal Assembly, Obinna Ogba, has warned that no amount of instigated crises can deter the Igbos from producing the next president of the country.
This was as the Senate has called on the federal government to put appropriate security measures to end incessant killings in Ebonyi State and other parts of the he South East geo-political zone.
Speaking to journalists after presenting a motion, “Incessant killings in Ebonyi State” on the floor of the upper legislative chamber, Ogba lamented the reoccurring invasion of the state, adding that he was aware of the plot by some disgruntled elements in the country to overrun the zone with crisis with a view to discouraging the South East from producing the next president.
He said: “Well, this war can not stop us from producing president of Igbo extraction in 2021 election. There has been similar crisis to in other parts of the country and it didn’t stop them from producing the president.
“So, this current killings in the zone can not stop us from contesting and producing a president of Igbo extraction for this country. It can not stop us. Nobody should hide under the lingering insecurity in the zone to stop the Igbos from producing the next president. It is the turn of the South East to produce the president,if they want Nigeria to remain one.”
Continuing the lawmaker said: “We have never witnessed this kind of killings in the South East geopolitical zone before now. You go to bed and sleep with your two eyes closed but today you hear that somebody will be sleeping and strange elements will come to kill and raze his house down.
“Some of these crises are generated by individuals and the individuals are known yet such characters are moving about freely without anybody arresting them. So, I felt I should raise the motion so the the federal government can come to our rescue.”
Earlier in his motion, Ogba had expressed concern that, “the killing, maiming, kidnapping and wanton destruction of lives and property by herdsmen have now become the daily experience of citizens and defenseless people of Ebonyi State who are murder in their numbers almost on weekly basis.”
He informed that on March 30, 2021, over 18 indigenes of Egedege, Obehi and Amuzu communities in Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, including a priest, were gruesomely murdered in cold blood by rampaging herdsmen.
This, he added was different from communal crisis which erupted between Ezza-Effium and Effium people in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state since January 2021.
He also cited the ugly incidence of three policemen who were shot dead at a check point in Onuebonyi/Nwezenyi Road, Abakaliki and their riffles taken away on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.
Ogba, accordingly declared that there was the urgent need for intervention by the federal government to arrest the senseless killings, destruction of properties and other vices, in order to save the people from untold hardship.
Consequently, the Senate urged the Nigerian Police and other relevant security agencies to carry out comprehensive investigation of these attacks with a view to arresting and prosecuting the perpetrators of the dastardly act.
It also mandated the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA to provide enough relieve materials to all the displaced victims of the communal crisis in the affected areas.
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