President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, August 6, condemned the killing of non-indigenes and law enforcement officials by terrorists in the South-East.
According to a statement signed by presidential spokesman Garba Shehu; President Buhari vowed to undertake all possible actions in conducting a speedy investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Shehu said the President’s reaction came amid reports of the killing of six Nigerien citizens; as well as the brutal killing of a number of policemen at their duty posts.
Four police officials were killed in Imo on Saturday after gunmen attacked a police station.
President Buhari urged the community and religion to speak more forcefully against the killings.
“Those who know should point at specific people who did this,” Buhari was quoted as saying.
“He expressed his administration’s unwavering commitment to peace and stability in the southeast and the entire country, saying that the reports of killings anywhere were sad and unwelcome,” the statement added.
“He offered his condolences to the families of the law enforcement agents murdered and to the government and people of Niger Republic whose citizens were cruelly beheaded by the beastly attackers.”
Meanwhile, Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of Delta State and vice-presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has declared that severe measures are required to save the nation from its escalating economic and security crisis.
In addition, he urged for constitutional reform to enable power devolution; namely by granting more authority to states to create their own police force; particularly as a means of addressing instability and highlighting the nation’s precarious situation.
Speaking at Government House in Asaba on Saturday, August 6, 2022 when he met with leaders of the South-South Zone of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN); Okowa bemoaned the continued absence of students from tertiary institutions due to the ongoing strike action by ASUU.
Okowa said: “There is no doubt that we are very challenged as a nation…It appears that all hope is lost, particularly to the younger ones. But I am one person that believes that all hope is not lost.
“Whatever thing that we have seen in the last seven years; I believe that God has allowed it for a purpose. I believe that there are lessons to be learnt.”