…reiterates call for proactive approach in management of communal crisis
Engr. Chris Emeka Azubogu* has sued for peace and understanding between Aguleri and Umueri communities in Anambra East LGA of Anambra State.
The Lawmaker representing Nnewi North/Nnewi South/Ekwusigo Federal Constituency, who has been on statewide engagement on the ‘future of Anambra state development’, made his opinion on Aguleri/Umueri communal unrest known after his engagement in Ihiala earlier today and reported by his office.
While emphasizing that destruction of lives and properties as a result of land disputes do not define our humanity, the Federal lawmaker said:
“We are a republican people by nature who resolve disputes through community meetings; not war. Killings and destruction of properties reduces our humanity and going forward, we should shun both as means of conflict resolution” he said.
Azubogu observed that further escalation of the crisis will disrupt the farming seasons and 2021 economic projections of the state, which will have dire consequences.
“No part of our state should be allowed to be engulfed in avoidable strife at a time we should be evolving strategies to keep our post COVID-19 economy afloat, that will be too unfortunate. Incidentally, we are about to enter farming season and crisis like this can only be an invitation to hunger” he said.
The lawmaker worried by the growing communal crisis in the state within the last six months which saw various communities like; Odekpe and Allah N’ Onugwa communities in Anambra West LGA; Urum and Achalla in Awka North LGA; Umumbo/Omor in Ayamelum LGA and now Aguleri/Umueri in Anambra East LGA of the state involved in communal clashes that left horrendous destruction in its trail.
Concluding, Azubogu advised the state government to evolve and adopt a proactive approach that will nip such crisis in the bud instead of resorting to reactive measures after the damage are done. His words:
“I am so worried that within the space of six months, we have recorded so many communities in Anambra State enmeshed in a bloody crisis resulting from land dispute. And today, we are talking about disquiet in two other communities in Anambra East LGA due to same land dispute. It is sad that all the communities involved are mostly food baskets which roles in the food supply chain of the state cannot be overemphasized” Azubogu bemoaned.
Azubogu Media Office
16th January, 2021
Leader Can Be Called Upon To Come Rule Again After Losing Elections – Jonathan
Former President Goodluck Jonathan, has given reason a politician could be called to come back to lead the people after losing an election.
Recall that Jonathan lost his second term bid to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.
According to the former Nigerian leader, the way leaders are perceived while in office can play a major role in their political career.
Jonathan stated this on Wednesday when he met the representatives of political parties from The Gambia at the closing of a two-day consultative retreat for political parties.
He charged African leaders to always pay attention to the way the majority of perceive them and their policies while in office.
He said for this reason, even after they lose elections, they can be called back to rule again by popular demand.
“Whatever a leader is doing, he needs to understand the fact that the perception of his policies and decisions would be a critical factor to be considered because he is there for the people,” Dr. Jonathan said.
“A leader can be doing all the right things to be done for nation-building, but if the perception among the people does not match what he is doing, then he can never go very far in politics
Northern Elders Rejects Gumi For Defending Bandits Say He Doesn’t Represent Us
A coalition of some Northern elders on Wednesday disassociated themselves from comments made by an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Gumi who has been holding peace talks with bandits across Kaduna, Zamfara and Niger State.
The northern elders dissociated themselves from allegations the Islamic cleric made after one of his meetings where he said non-Muslim soldiers had carried out orchestrated killings in some communities, precipitating anger.
“What I want you people to understand is, soldiers that are involved in most of the criminalities are not Muslims. You know, soldiers have Muslims and none Muslims. The non-Muslims are the ones causing confusion just to ignite a crisis,” Sheikh Gumi told a delegation led by the Secretary to the Niger State Government on a negotiation mission for the release of the kidnapped Kagara students.
The Norther Elders under the aegis of North East Elders for Peace and Development (NEEPD) disassociated themselves from the comments noting that the allegation does not represent the position of the region. They said the public should see such comment as the cleric’s personal opinion.
NEEPD in a statement by the coordinator, Zana Goni, resisted attempts by individuals or groups to profile the military.
They said it was necessary for groups in the north to condemn such dangerous statement made by the Islamic cleric so it does not look like he speaks for the region.
“As Northern elders committed to a united and indivisible nation, we hasten to condemn in very strong terms the allegations made against the Nigerian military by one of our leading Islamic scholars, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi
“We rise in one voice to dissociate ourselves from the dangerous and divisive allegations leveled against our patriotic soldiers by Sheikh Gumi, in one of his missions to meet with bandits in a forest around Niger State, the group said.
Nigerians Disappointed With NASS For Confirming Sacked Chiefs As Ambassadors
Nigerians are disappointed with the National Assembly for confirming sacked Service Chiefs as ambassadors.
I wonder why Senators who agreed with Nigerians when they decried the poor performance of the Service Chiefs will sit to cleared them for another appointment.
2) Let me use this opportunity to express the dismay of most Nigerians to the Senate. Convey this to the Senate. We must be courageous in whatever we are doing. Everything must not be party affairs.
3) You (Senators) sat and discussed that they should dismiss the service chiefs. You said they’re not performing. Now the same people who were not performing, you have confirmed them as ambassadors. What kind of country are we?
4) In anything we do, we must remember that there is tomorrow; our conscience is key. It’s not because I want to be a loyalist to a party. No. There are things you cannot reconcile at all.
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