President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, June 9, in Abuja received a briefing from Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo on security challenges as well as socio-economic developments in the state.
Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the closed-door meeting; Uzodinma expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the consultations with the president.
“I came to see the president to consult with him…I had a very good consultation and the president received me well.
“I’m satisfied with the quality of discussion I had with him,’’ he said.
Further, Uzodinma revealed that normalcy had been restored in Imo, saying socio-economic activities had resumed across the state.
“So far, the situation is relatively okay in Imo state than it was…. Imo is okay now. People can come around, do their businesses. Normal life and normal activities have resumed in Imo state.
“The security agencies are on top of the situation,’’ he said.
Uzodinma, however, solicited for the support and cooperation of all citizens of the state in maintaining law and order; saying he alone could not guarantee security in the state.
Therefore, he stressed the need for other stakeholders including traditional rulers, religious leaders, and politicians; among others, to engage more with the people to restore peace in the state.
Equally important, the governor frowned at those former political office holders, who deliberately failed to speak out against the activities of trouble makers in the state; saying such people were not helping matters and “they have questions to answer’’.
He said if they had been speaking out in condemnation of the unwholesome activities of those destabilising the country, things would have been different.
“I am saying and I want to say it again; that cases of insecurity here and there in the country have not been helped by the posture of the opposition party and some aggrieved politicians.
“Reason being that at the time like this in Nigeria, anybody worth his onions as a leader should be able to speak out. How many of them are speaking out? How many of them are condemning what is going on?
“Rather what you see are leaders fanning the embers of insecurity, blaming the government.
“We must be tired of this blame thing by now and then contribute our own quota towards ensuring that national security is not further threatened in the country.”