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Don’t politicise insecurity, Uzodinma tells stakeholders

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Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma has advised politicians and Nigerians in general not to use the issue of insecurity ravaging the country to score political point. He rather urged everyone to support the Federal Government and the military to win the war against insurgency.

Uzodinma gave the advice on Thursday evening at the Sam Mbakwe International and Cargo Airport, Owerri, on arrival from Addis Ababa, where he had gone with President Muhammadu Buhari, noting that his submission was for the overall national interest.

His words: “Government is winning the war against terror as can be witnessed with the success recorded since President Buhari took over power.“Before 2015, Boko Haram was in control of 17 councils in Borno State and nobody dared visit the borders of Adamawa and Yobe states. Today, the story has changed and government is in control of the three states, which is a success story.”

Describing terrorism as a global phenomenon, he stated that people affected by the problem were going on with life.He added: “The president is resilient and determined. Our armed forces are doing their best; all they need is the support and prayer of all Nigerians. I am confident that Nigeria is moving in the right direction under President Buhari.”

According to him, his trip with the president saw to the discussions on regional and coordinated free trade in Africa.Uzodinma noted that from all indications, the president was not resting on his oars to make the economy sound, disclosing that there would be a public hearing on the regional free trade after its presentation to the National Assembly.

On the Imo governorship case, which the Supreme Court is about to review, he said: “I’m aware, as a lawmaker, that jurisdiction is given to the court by the constitution; and under 4th alteration, Section 285 (7) of the Constitution, 1999 (as amended), the Supreme Court is allowed only 60 days to adjudicate into electoral matters, and 60 days have since elapsed. Going back to the Supreme Court is just a mere academic exercise.” The governor expressed his belief in the judiciary, describing it as a pillar of democracy that should not be ridiculed by any person or group.


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