Uzodimma lauded on return of peace to Imo
Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma has been commended for “demonstrating political courage and responsibility towards the restoration of peace and security” in the state.
Imolites Collective, a socio-political group, which made the observation in Abuja, yesterday, noted that there was no doubt that political rascality and brazen criminality were at the root of the needless bloodletting, violence and brigandage that enveloped Owerri, the state capital and its environs.
Its President, Elder Longinus Duru, said Uzodimma deserves kudos for rising up to the occasion to restore order and normalcy. While regretting that overzealous politicians decided to spoil the serenity and beauty of Owerri as a leading tourist destination by introducing violence and wanton destruction of public property to settle political scores, the group expressed relief that the state government came out boldly to address the issues.
Duru, who spoke on behalf of the group, said: “We are happy to note that normalcy is returning to our beloved state. For this reason, we commend the Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma, for his very proactive steps towards the return of peace and security in the state. Social life is returning and that is a good omen for our people, especially our mothers.”
“There is no doubt that the informal economy of our state was under serious injury because of the violence and criminality of past two months. We urge politicians to respect constituted authorities and stop levying war on the state just because things did not turn out their way in the last election.”
The group pleaded with Imo State politicians to eschew politics of bitterness, remarking that in advanced democracies, after elections, everybody gets down to the business of social and economic development and avoids electioneering and partisan competition.
Imolites Collective said the plan by Imo State government to engage the youth in productive ventures through micro credits and enhanced small and medium scale enterprises is a very welcome development.
It said: “Bringing the youth into the loop of economic development is a step in the right direction. Governor Uzodimma has shown that he knows his onions about governance. As professionals, we encourage the governor to retain the focus on doing whatever augurs well for sustainable development.
“We are impressed with the steps taken so far to return Imo State on the path of social harmony, economic development and peace. Politicians should please recognise that the almost 70 per cent of Imo State population engaged in different walks of life are not members of any political party.
“We should be allowed to breathe the air of freedom, which democracy offers as our fundamental right. No matter how anybody sees it, Senator Hope Uzodimma is the governor of Imo State until January 14, 2024. The most we can do is to support the government, but not to distract his administration or disturb the peace of the state.”
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