- The brutal assassination of APC chieftain, Ahmed Gulak in Owerri, the Imo state capital, continues to generate reactions
- Foremost Igbo group, Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo says the brutal killing of the politician negates the Igbo custom
- The group also expressed concerns over the deteriorating security situation in the whole of the southeast region
Enugu - The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has condemned the assassination of All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Ahmed Gulak by unknown gunmen in Imo state on Sunday, May 30.
A statement on Monday, May 31 by the group seen by Legit.ng and signed by its spokesman Chief Alex Ogbonnia, described Gulak's murder as:
“A death too many because of the wrong signal it had sent to the general public.”
Ogbonnia further stated that the killing negated Igbo custom on how a visitor in Igbo land should be treated by his or her hosts.
Part of the statement read:
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by Ambassador Professor George Obiozor expresses great concern over the recent developments in the southeast of Nigeria; a zone noted for peace, tranquillity, hard work, and smooth economic activities.
“Obiozor is saddened by the death of Ahmed Gulak. He described Gulak as an ebullient and sagacious achiever, a detribalized patriot whose active presence was felt in any gathering.
“His enviable qualities helped him clinch the positions of the Speaker, Adamawa state House of Assembly and later the special assistant to the President of Nigeria. As a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Gulak was never on the sideline. He was a consummate politician.
“Our sympathy goes to the immediate family of Gulak and the good people of Adamawa state for this calamity. We pray to God to grant them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”
Meanwhile, Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo state says the killing of Gulak has a political undertone.
Addressing a press conference in Owerri, the state capital, on Monday, May 31, Governor Uzodimma dismissed the claim of the Imo state police command that Gulak was killed by members of the outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).
In a related development, the Northern Governors Forum has described the killing of Gulak as unfortunate and a criminal act that must be condemned.
Simon Lalong, chairman of the forum and governor of Plateau state, also warned against politicising issues surrounding the death which he said could lead to further violence.