Army Day: Don’t panic, Imo govt urges residents


Governor Hope Uzodimma (file photo)

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By Valentine Amanze

Imo State government has urged residents not to panic over the heavy presence of the military in the state.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Hon Declan Emelumba, explained that the soldiers were in the state for this year’s Army Day celebration, stressing that they were no threat to Imo people.

He further disclosed that the celebration would last for only one week.

In a statement issued in Owerri, Emelumba pointed out that the Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, was appreciatve of the army for the choice of Owerri for the celebration because of its security, social and economic benefits to the state.

The commissioner said that although the Army had a week ago informed Nigerians of their presence in Imo State, some residents were still apprehensive.

He urged such people not to panic as the military were on a legitimate assignment for the overall benefit of the country in general and Imo people in particular.

He also urged residents to go about their legitimate duties without fear of molestation.

Meanwhile, the state government has asked the former presidential spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, to apologise to Governor Hope Uzodimma and Imo citizens for his “asinine comment” against the governor during a TV programme.

Emelumba said that there was nothing offensive in the suggestion by Uzodimma that INEC ought to be in possession of the certificates of candidates, who had run for office before, if it had a good data storage system.

Recall that the governor had said on Channelstv: “Where record keeping is efficient and the INEC Server functional, he (Tinubu) does not need to do fresh submission. However, if what he is supposed to submit is not handy, it is not late yet. I’m sure before that time, he will submit whatever is required of him.”


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