Riots: Southeast governors express worry over threat to nationhood

Riots: Southeast governors express worry over threat to nationhood

- Governors in the southeast say they are worried over the widespread riots across the country recently

- This is as the region also had its fair share of the wanton looting and destruction that has taken place in several states in the country

- The governors decry the free-for-all which has also affected private and public facilities in the southeast

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Nigerian state governors of the southeast extraction have expressed deep concern over the erosion of mutual trust between ethnic nationalities across the country, stressing that such had widened and threatened national unity and cohesion.

The governors, who spoke after their virtual meeting with representatives of the youths and leaders of the zone, said that they were worried about the loss of lives in the country amid the ongoing riots which were triggered by hoodlums hijacking the #EndSARS protests.

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In a communiqué after the meeting, the governors acknowledged with great pain the ugly event that had enveloped the nation in the last couple of days.

Riots: Southeast governors express worry over threat to nationhood
Governor Umahi of Ebonyi addressing youths in his state during the crisis. Photo credit: @EbonyiGov
Source: Twitter

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Part of the communique stated:

“We are equally pained by the destruction of critical infrastructure, public and private institutions, and businesses.”

As Nigeria witnessed unprecedented violence in the last few days, the southeast has also had its fair share of wanton looting and destruction.

Meanwhile, some Nigerian youths under the aegis of #March4Nigeria Movement on Monday, October 26, said their findings show that the #EndSARS protest which took place in major cities across Nigeria was hijacked by politicians, social media influencers, and many others.

In Abia, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu imposed a 24-hour curfew on Aba and Umuahia, the state capital after the alleged killing of a policeman on Monday, October 20 by suspected thugs around Azikiwe road in Aba.

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The hoodlums numbering over 30 also burnt down a police station in the commercial city of the southeast state.

In a related development, a foremost political scholar and visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Dr Uche Igwe has described state governors who stored palliatives meant for distribution to hungry citizens as pretenders.

Dr Igwe expressed shock that food items meant for the downtrodden were kept by governors even during the COVID-19 lockdown.

In a statement sent to journalists on Monday, October 26, Igwe described the act of the governors as sheer wickedness, adding that it is inexcusable.

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