Anambra non-indigenes promote peace, state’s development, says ANIAS
The Association of Non-Indigenes in Anambra State (ANIAS), yesterday, refuted claims that strangers residents in the state were behind the destruction and vandalisation of property during last week’s #EndARS protests.
Governor Willie Obiano had said in a statewide broadcast that intelligence reports indicated that those creating trouble in the state were mostly from neighbouring states, maintaining that government would not allow non-indigenes to destroy infrastructure, including police stations and other government facilities some of which were built through self-help and community efforts.
But ANIAS said non-indigenes in the state were law-abiding citizens and could not have been causing problems for the government and the people.
In a statement issued by its President, Nweke Chigozie Henry, Director of Youth and Students Mobilisation, Godwin Otu and Publicity Secretary, Okey Maduforo, the group said: “The attention of ANIAS has been drawn to allegations that the arsonists and violent protesters under the guise of #EndARS demonstrations were non- indigenes of Anambra State.
“Much as we would not like to join issues with the governor over the allegation, it is important that we clarify the facts. Non-indigenes in Anambra State are peace-loving people, who conduct their businesses lawfully without posing any threats to the peace of the state.”
They argued that through their businesses, ANIAS had contributed to the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and development of the state, adding that the miscreants perpetrating violence could not be non-indigenes but hoodlums who capitalised on the #EndARS protests to loot private and public property.
ANIAS further cautioned all non-indigenes in the state against allowing themselves to be used by hoodlums to breach the peace in Anambra State.
“We wish to appeal to the Anambra State Government to include three members of ANIAS among the panel set up on the #EndARS protests, as it would go a long way in identifying the real arsonists who are being branded non-indigenes.
“The association will continue to contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic development of Anambra State,” the statement added.