Governor Francis Nwifuru | File Photo
He called on those behind the dastardly act to voluntarily report themselves to the government to forestall severe military action in the area
By Nweze Anaga,
Ebonyi State Governor, Mr. Francis Nwifuru, has condemned the sudden missing of a Nigeria soldier on a peacekeeping mission in the war-ravaged Ezza/Effium community of the state.
While advocating for a total peace in the community, the governor reminded the people of the consequencies of their unruly behaviour.
Nwaifuru also told them that the continued hostilities in the area was contrary to the visions of the founding fathers of the state.
The governor stated these, while receiving the Ebonyi Founding Fathers Forum in his office, Ochoudo Centenary City, Abakaliki on Thursday.
The governor, who described the act as barbaric and inhuman, wondered why the hoodlums decided to take laws into their hands even when a high-powered Peace Committee headed by Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Abakaliki, Most Reverend Michael Nnachi Okoro, was at the verge of submitting its report to the state government.
His words: “As old as that man is, my Lord Bishop Michael Nnachi Okoro, he has visited Ezza/Effium for good nine times but the hoodlums could not give them the opportunity to conclude their investigation. It is a regrettable action by the people and I don’t know what actually they need. I ask what do you need? You don’t want peace, that is what you are announcing to the world. Who else can give us a more truthful and factual opinion on the matter than Bishop Michael Nnachi Okoro? Why can’t you wait for his report to come out? I know the man; nobody can influence him to agree on what is wrong or to do any unjust thing.”
He called on those behind the dastardly act to voluntarily report themselves to the government to forestall severe military action in the area.
Governor Nwifuru, who commended the Ebonyi Founding Fathers Forum for their sacrifices, which birthed the state 27 years ago, appealed to them to keep advising him on the best approach to attain the vision which informed their agitations for the creation of the state.
“I am delighted with the level of cooperation from the Founding Fathers. I am very excited with this show of love which I have received from day one till date from the Founding Fathers.
“We are all indebted to you and I appeal to you not to leave me alone, be with me, your advice is needed at this moment, your cooperation is needed, your advice is needed especially your wealth of experience and I want you to make yourselves available, leave partisan politics at this moment, you have gotten to the point where you are now the Father of all.
“Whoever is misbehaving can be cautioned by the Founding Fathers and the Founding Fathers would be given authority because you suffered to generate this resources that we are enjoying.”
The National Leader of the Founding Fathers Forum, Chief Martin Elechi, and the Secretary, Dr. Boniface Chima, had said that they were in the Governor’s Office to congratulate him on his election victory and to encourage him to remain focused in attaining his People’s Charter of Needs manifesto.