Those blaming rising insecurity on President Muhammadu Buhari are behind banditry and gunmen’s attacks in Imo State, Governor Hope Uzodinma said.
The governor has also raised the alarm that members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have become targets of attacks by politicians and their collaborators, who sponsor criminalities and killings.
Uzodinma spoke yesterday at the wedding of Chinedu, son of business mogul and politician, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu.
The wedding took place at the Cathedral Church of Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL), Owerri, the state capital.
According to the governor, “wicked politicians have decided to hold Imo State captive, killing innocent ones and burning public and private property of Imo citizens, all in the name of politics”.
He urged the Church and the congregation to pray for such persons to repent.
In his Easter Sunday remark at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Ozuh Omuma, Oru East Local Government Area of the state, Uzodimma reiterated that the unending killings in the state are politically contrived.
He said it was needless pointing fingers at the President Buhari for the wicked act perpetrated by “some soulless persons.”
The governor said: “I pray that God will touch the hearts of these people who are sponsoring the killing of innocent ones, burning houses and destroying public property in the name of politics.”
To buttress his point that wicked and mindless politicians are behind the killings in Imo, the governor wondered why all the victims – Ward Chairman, Ward Secretary and Woman Leader – in the incident which took place at Ogberuru in Orlu last week, were of the APC.
He said: “I have crosschecked since the inception of this mindless bloodletting in Orlu, Orsu and other communities in the zone, not one Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) person has died, neither were their houses burnt nor attacked. It is clear to me therefore that these killings are the handiwork of politicians who are after the APC members.”
He warned that the killings must stop now as his government is neither weak nor lacking in the zeal to deal with the perpetrators except that his administration has zero tolerance for bloodletting.
The governor wondered how burning of police stations, local government headquarters and the killing of innocent and hapless citizens could help to advance the course or aspiration of any politician.
He, however, urged law-abiding men of goodwill and residents to remain fervent in their prayers for God to touch the hearts of terror sponsors.
Uzodinma promised not to betray the confidence reposed in him by Imo people who trusted him with their mandate, reiterating that his administration will pursue policies that will bring joy, prosperity and development to the state.