- Governor Hope Uzodimma says Igbos must take their rightful place in Nigeria soon
- The Imo state governor, however, counselled Igbo youths to give peace a chance in their region
- Governor Uzodimma also stated that threats of secession by young Igbos cannot guarantee justice and equity
Imo state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma has appealed to Igbo youths to give peace a chance in Nigeria.
The governor made the comment during his address at the National Assembly Constitutional Review Committee public hearing for Imo and Abia states, held in Owerri on Wednesday, May 26.
He urged the Igbo youths to see the ongoing public hearing for the 1999 constitutional review as a key opportunity to be duly represented and take the rightful place Igbos deserve.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by the Imo state government quoted him as saying:
“I, therefore, appeal to our youths to listen to the voice of reason. What an old man sees sitting, a child cannot see even if he climbs an iroko tree. Let us toe the path of peace. All shall be well. If we remain firmly committed to the unity of Nigeria we shall get all we seek.”
Governor Uzodimma who further called for reason among the Igbo youths with southeast leaders said:
“What we seek is justice and equity for our people to thrive. And for that, we owe nobody any apology. But we cannot achieve it through violence or threat of secession. It is through an avenue like this that we put forward our request and follows it through.”
Meanwhile, as Imo continues to battle insecurity, Governor Uzodimma recently signed two executive bills on security and land matters into law, as passed by the state House of Assembly.
The first was a bill for a law to establish the Imo Security Organisation to assist in maintaining law and order in the state and related matters therein.
The second bill established the Imo state land administration and geographic information service for the purposes of regulating land administration in the state and other related matters therein.
In a related development, Governor Uzodimma has assured residents of Imo that their safety is guaranteed despite the pocket of attacks witnessed in the state in recent times.
The governor made the declaration on Wednesday, May 5 when he presented vehicles and gadgets to security agencies in the state.