A delegation of governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, was in Enugu to commiserate with the government and people of the state over last week’s attack on Nimbo community, Uzo Uwani Local Government Area.
The attack on Nimbo left several people dead and many properties destroyed.
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, who is the Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, led the delegation, which included Governors Rauf Areghesola of Osun State, South West Nigeria; Kashim Shettima, Bornu State, North East Nigeria and Badaru Abubakar, Jigawa State, North West Nigeria.
Also in the delegation were the Deputy Governor of Yobe State, North East Nigeria, Abubakar Ali, and his counterpart from Kogi State, North Central Nigeria, Simeon Achuba.
Speaking at the Government House, Enugu, where Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the executives of the Enugu State Traditional Rulers’ Council, local government chairmen, the clergy and notable people of the state gathered to receive them, Okorocha said their visit was to show concern over the loss of lives.
Okorocha said Nigeria’s unity should be placed above party affiliation and that though they are members of the APC, the loss of lives in a state controlled by the People’s Democratic, PDP, should be of concern to all Nigerians because Nigeria is one.
“This nation is one, irrespective of political party affiliation. We are APC governors; you’re PDP, but in death there is no party,” Okorocha said, assuring that they would join hands with President Buhari to end such attacks.
He said the attack was perpetrated by criminals, urging Nigerians to “separate criminals from where they come and treat them as criminals.”
Also speaking, Governor Kashim Shettima said that the visit to Enugu State was to share in the grief of the people of the state as he also had experienced similar fate in the hands of the boko haram insurgency in North East State.
He said the empathy shown by Ebonyi State to the people of Bornu State was exemplary and asked the people to maintain peace.
“In a period of grief, we must also be able to maintain calmness and clear headedness about the challenges that face the country,” pointing out that such times require sobriety and maturity.
He commended Ugwuanyi for the leadership role he played by ensuring that the crisis did not leader to more violence and killings.
In his response, Governor Ugwu expressed appreciation to the governors for coming to condole with Enugu State.
He said Enugu has always been a home for all Nigerians, reminding the gathering that the first mayor of Enugu was a Hausa/Fulani Muslim, Umaru Altine, from Katsina State, North West Nigeria.
He said the status of Enugu as one of the 160 hundred resilient cities in the world makes it a right place to do business.
Ugwuanyi said the recent investment summit in the state had businesses looking into Enugu to take advantage of the potentials in the state.
He said that measures were being taken to step up the security in the state by strengthening the neighbourhood watch groups in the state.
Earlier on Tuesday, a coalition of civil society groups continued in peaceful marches to protest the killings in Nimbo community.
With banners and placards condemning the attack, the protesters match from the Michael Okpara Square, wailing and decrying the menace of the cattle herders who allegedly attacked Nimbo, they match to the Government House, where Ugwuanyi addressed.