Former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has slammed the constant profiling of Nigerians of Igbo and Fulani stock as killers.
Okorocha made this call on Thursday, June 10, during plenary in Abuja, while calling on security agents to fish out those behind the killings and destruction of properties across the country.
Okorocha, who represents Imo West in the National Assembly, said it behooves Nigerians to remain grateful to God that the country had remained an indivisible entity despite multifaceted challenges.
According to him, just and equitable treatment of Nigerians; irrespective of ethnicity and religion, remained the panacea for national growth.
He stated: “In Imo, Borno and Sokoto states, there are cries for justice; and we must, as a senate, stop this ethnic profiling of our people. We must be able to separate criminals from where they come from.
“Today, in the recent killings in Imo and in the South East; Nigerians would be quick to profile the Igbo as killers, just like Fulani are profiled as herdsmen and killers. For the unity of this country, we must do everything we can to stop ethnic profiling; so that we can separate criminals from where they come from.”
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that fighting corruption in a democratic setting is a difficult task to accomplish.
The president disclosed this during an interview with Arise Television which was televised on Thursday, June 10.
According to him, the war against corruption has not been easy for him; since he became a democratically elected President six years ago.
He, however, stressed that his administration had succeeded in easing out corrupt public officials; without making noise about it.
Buhari recalled that much was achieved in the fight against corruption when he was military Head of State in the early 80s; “when a lot of people were sent to prisons before I was also booted out”.
The president frowned at the way as well as manner the local government system was being managed; saying the local government administration was almost non-existent in the country.
He cited a situation where state governors continued to starve the local governments of funds; saying “in a situation where N300 million is allocated to local government and they are given N100 million is not fair”.