Former Governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha has advised Governor Hope Uzodimma, to tow the path of consultation rather than confrontation, as the state battle with recent security challenges, The Vanguard newspaper reported.
The former Governor, who represents Imo West senatorial district spoke on the heels of attacks on Police headquarters in Owerri, and the Correction Centre on Easter Monday
The former Governor said despite the challenges of IPOB and other agitators during his tenure as Governor, he was able to keep the State peaceful because he consulted widely with relevant stakeholders.
His words, “I came to Jos for the burial of Mrs. Felicia Biskanga who was a very close family friend because she saw me growing up here in Plateau State.
“She encouraged me a whole lot during my days of struggle especially when I opened St. Joseph Primary School, Vom here in Plateau State. I recall the encouragement she gave me, how she had to go to Ministry of Education to help me sort out some document issues, her demise is really painful to me.
“The security situation in Imo State, the security situation in Nigeria as a whole, the security situation in all nooks and crannies of our society is not palatable. We are passing through a very difficult moment in the history of our nation.
“The recent attack on the Police headquarters and the Correctional centre in Imo State, the unending herdsmen crises, the banditry, the unending Boko Haram, kidnapping, these are all products of poverty and injustice and I think time has come for we political leaders to tell ourselves the truth and address this ugly situation and help our men and women of the Armed Forces and the Police who are currently fighting the symptoms .
Okorocha’s comments came after Governor Hope Uzodimma had accused those he described as aggrieved politicians for sponsoring the attacks in the state.