Security has become a paramount concern for all and sundry in the nation as tensions are rising in the East over the continuous clash between herders and IPOB members.
State Governors as Chief Security Officers are rising to this challenge and doing everything possible to curb the menace, restore peace and order, protect lives and properties as well as ensure that the perpetrators of these crimes are brought to book.
It is against this backdrop that the Imo State Governor, His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodimma held a peace talk meeting with Northern leaders, clergy men, Heads of Security agencies, traditional rulers of Southeast and leaders Miyetti Allah at the EXCO chambers, Owerri, Imo State.
ln Imo State there have been a harmonious working relationship between Muslims and Christians, between herders and farmers to the extent that Ndi Imo and their visitors operate as a family.
The Imo State Governor disclosed this at the peace talk meeting as he stated that Imo people are not deterred by the intrigues or politically motivated confussions that people try to sow seed of discord.
Governor Hope Uzodimma said that he has taken time to look at the happenings in the Southeast and came to the conclusion that one important thing is that the South-easterners are highly civilized people, people who have traveled far and wide, live in every nook and Cranny of Nigeria and beyond, therefore, they know the importance of coexistence and enabling environment for business.
The epitome of peace in Imo State and in the Southeast, Governor Hope Uzodimma stressed the need to live together, to protect the country.
He enjoined everyone not to allow Nigeria be destroyed through gossip, rumors, and false information
“Live-and-let-live, we want a United Nigeria and Nigeria that will be strongly coherent, a Nigeria that will be colored with with love and tolerance” Uzodimma stated.
In attendance was the Governor of Kebbi state and chairman Northern Governors’ Forum and his Jigawa State counter part as well as all religious leaders from south east, all hausa community leaders from the south east, President Ohaneze Ndi-Igbo, Secretary MIYETTI ALLAH, President of CAN, and other dignitaries.
It is expected that by the end of this zone to zone security meeting it will help in the fight against herders-farmers crisis and bring a lasting solution to security issues in the country.