- Governor Umahi has commented on the recent killings in the southeastern part of the country
- The Ebonyi state governor said he and other governors in the region are ashamed, stating that the herdsmen they were protecting turned against their people
- Umahi urged the federal government to investigate the killings and punish those responsible to avoid reprisal attacks
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state says southeast governors are currently hiding their faces in shame over the killings in the region.
According to the newspaper, Governor Umahi stated that the herdsmen they (southeast governors) fought hard to protect were the ones killing their people.
“What face do we have then to face our people? We feel so ashamed to face our people. When this thing happened, Your Excellency, there was going to be very violent retaliation. But I thank God for the leaders of this state. I thank God for CAN, the youths and traditional rulers."
Governor Umahi added that the southeast leaders were able to avert reprisal attacks by immediately calling a stakeholders’ meeting where an agreement was reached to sue for peace in the interest of the nation.
He called on the federal government to investigate the killings and ensure the perpetrators are brought to book.
The Ebonyi state governor also urged the federal government to assist the affected communities with money to rebuild their homes and resettle.
Legit.ng earlier reported that suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded the Obeagu community in the Ishielu local government area of Ebonyi state and killed 16 persons who were between the ages of 18 and 56.
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About 10 motorcycles and a vehicle, whose owners were killed in the community, were also set ablaze.
One of the residents who escaped the onslaught, Ngozi Odoabuchi, described the incident as horrible.
Meanwhile, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo has expressed serious worry over the disturbing presence of suspected killer herdsmen in the southeast region.
The socio-cultural group especially reacted to the recent activities of some gunmen who came in the guise of cattle rearers and unleashed terror in the Adani Uzo Uwani area Enugu on Tuesday, March 30.
Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the group's secretary-general linked the attack to fears earlier raised by the United State's embassy that some herdsmen were about to invade the region.