The majority of Imo elites still live in fear of the state’s insecurity, despite the fact that the state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma, promised on Saturday that his administration will leave no stone unturned in addressing the problem.
In a Saturday broadcast, the Governor blamed frustrated politicians for the state’s brutality.
“You would have found that disgruntled politicians, working in tandem with militants and other criminal elements, have unleashed violence in our State, which has a long history of stability and hospitality,” he said. Unable to control themselves in the face of our administration’s rapid growth in just one year, our adversaries have devised methods of not only distracting us but also instilling fear in our people. Some have also come forward to reveal their true motives, which are to make the state unmanageable.
He mentioned that inquiries into those responsible for the security breaches have progressed to the point where they will be exposed soon.
“Let me assure the good people of Imo State that inquiries to identify the perpetrators of the state’s security breaches are well underway. They will be exposed and prosecuted very quickly by the long arms of the law.
The Governor’s assurance came after a series of attacks in the state, including an attempt to set fire to his house in Omuma, Oru East Local Government Area.
However, it has been noted that the majority of the state’s elites, mostly top politicians and businessmen, are “lying low” for fear of the unknown. Those who planned to return for the weekend and public holiday from outside the state stayed away.
Recall that shortly after the State Commissioner of Entrepreneurship was shot last week, Imo State government officials, including senators, abandoned their official vehicles and resorted to using their personal vehicles.
However, with Governor Uzodimma’s return to the state last Friday and his assurance to combat insecurity, it is anticipated that his aides and the elites will have more confidence in him.
“The Governor’s return to the state after spending six days in Abuja and his assurances to combat insecurity will go a long way to boosting the morale of our people to go about their daily business,” said Mr Chibudom Emeyonu, a public policy analyst. For the time being, the majority of our elites are staying away from the state, but I believe that with these steps in place, we will be able to restore peace in our state.