FROM = EVEREST EZIHE, Owerri
Worried by the level of destruction of lives and properties in parts of Orlu Senatorial zone of Imo State as a result of recent clashes between the nation’s security agencies and the local vigilantes, Sir Dom Ekeigwe has called on Governor Hope Uzodimma to immediately sue for dialogue as a strategic means of resolving the fracas and restore everlasting peace.
Sir Ekeigwe who’s an American based Imo State Patron of Igbo National Stakeholders Association (INSA) made the appeal during a telephone conservation with journalists in Owerri over the on going security situation in the state and the way forward.
Ekeigwe, who is an Ambassador of Peace said “Daring and issuing provocative statements do not solve problems of this nature because ego, mistrust and lack of confidence are involved, but mutual dialogue as being done in most advanced countries of the world will certainly unravel a lot of things that would help in checkmating further occurrences”
He expressed disappointment on the extent of hatred, lack of unity of purpose and un-patriotism among Igbos, noting that the killings and destruction of government and private properties are unnecessary and deters developmental efforts.
The Umueleke, Ehime Mbano born social crusader and political icon, described as unfortunate that those killed and properties destroyed are lives and properties the security outfits vowed to protect and maintain peaceful co-existence.
Ekeigwe reiterated the need for Governor Hope Uzodimma to immediately institute dialogue with all the parties involved in the matter and ensure that the culprits faced the wrath of the law to serve as a deterrent to others.
He stressed the need for the nation’s security agencies to be always proactive in security matters by ensuring 24/7 security intelligence gathering as against their reactionary measures, which he described as being unacceptable to the modern security practices.
He appealed to all the parties involved in the break down of law and order in parts of Orlu Senatorial Zone to immediately forgo their grievances and co-operate with the state government and other stakeholders, in their efforts geared towards restoring sustainable peace and order in the area.
Ekeigwe advised that the government, security agencies and the local vigilantes should always see and understand themselves as mutual partners in the business of protection of people’s lives and properties, maintenance of sustainable peaceful co-existence.