- Relying on his experience as a former governor of the state, Senator Rochas Okorocha has reeled out the causes of the crisis in Imo
- The senator said poverty and injustice are the major reasons for the mounting insecurity in the southeast state
- The former governor also advised the government on how to tackle the issue urgently
Senator Rochas Okorocha has cautioned against politicising the security challenges in Imo state, even as he blamed the recent attacks on poverty and injustice.
The former Imo state governor made the comment while briefing journalists in Jos, the Plateau state capital, on Thursday, April 8.
The senator who represents Imo West Senatorial District in the National Assembly called on the government to urgently address the issues before it escalates.
“Time has come for we as political leaders to tell ourselves the truth and address this ugly situation and help our men and women of the armed forces and the police who are currently fighting the symptoms and not the disease. Something must be done urgently too.”
He added that life is sacred and no human has the right to take another person’s life.
Meanwhile, a public affairs commentator, Abdulrazaq Hamzat, has stated that the violence in some parts of the country is fuelled by the propaganda of non-state actors.
Speaking to Legit.ng, Hamzat called on the government to tackle the issue by addressing the concerns of aggrieved citizens through open and genuine communication.
“In Nigeria of today, careful observation of the information pattern tells us that none state actors are making significant headway in their propaganda against the state and the government is not paying serious attention.
“This account for the growing insecurity and dissent against the nation by its citizens.
“It is therefore important that government and its institutions, as well as all citizens of conscience, re-evaluate their communication to shape the direction of the nation.”
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army began a show of force in Imo on Thursday, April 8 after the recent attacks in the state.
Sources say the military exercise was intended to boost the morale of security agents and to restore the confidence of the people in the security agents.
Already, there is a huge presence of military men on Orlu-Owerri road, Owerri-Onitsha expressway, and Owerri-Okigwe road.
In a related development, Dennis Amachree, a former assistant director of the Department of State Services (DSS), has stated that authorities in Imo state were warned about an impending attack but nothing was done to prevent them.
The former DSS chief said Governor Uzodinma was informed about the planned attacks about a week ahead, adding that there was enough actionable intelligence to organise everything that will thwart the operation.