Former Govenror of Imo State, Dr Ikedi Ohakim, have reacted over the recent attack on the people of Ebonyi by Fulani Herdsmen.
Ohakim while consoling the Ebonyi State Govenror, Dave Umahi, and the entire people of Ebonyi State, express regret over the matter, while proffering some direction for the Ebonyi State Govenrment to following.
His reaction, contained in a Press Release made available to MaaziTV, reads as follows:
April 2, 2021
His Excellency, David Nweze Umahi
The Executive Governor of Ebonyi State
Abakaliki, Ebonyi State
Re: CONDOLENCE MESSAGE AND APPEAL FOR CONSTITUTION OF JUDICIAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON THE RECENT MASSACRE OF SEVERAL PEOPLE IN EBONYI STATE
The primary purpose of this Letter is to convey my heartfelt condolences to Your Excellency and the good people of Ebonyi on the precious lives lost in the senseless violence that reportedly claimed over 17 lives at Ishielu, Ebonyi State. It is something that touches all of us but from my vantage point, I can imagine the greater distress it is causing Your Excellency, as the first citizen of Ebonyi State.
Permit me to use this opportunity to, pivoting on my pertinent experience, respectfully suggest my views on this unfortunate and tragic incident. As Your Excellency is most surely aware, this tragedy has triggered profound anger and recriminations from several quarters, including particularly from Ndigbo, as an ethnic group, thus escalating it from an ordinary law enforcement issue to a matter that concerns the entire Igbo nation, including particularly Ndi-Ebonyi.
Permit me, therefore, to suggest that Your Excellency should urgently project the powers of your office into the matter with a view to unraveling what actually happened.
There are many unanswered questions surrounding this tragedy and they will be better answered, not in a prosecutorial or adversarial setting but in a disinterested atmosphere inherent in a Judicial Commission Inquiry. The credibility of such Inquiry will stand in sharp contrast to any investigation the Police can do.
I therefore strongly urge Your Excellency to rise to the occasion and exercise your authority under pertinent State laws. Such is the only fair and credible way to determine who is truly liable and to what extent. Additionally, it will help to ensure that such tragic incident will not repeat itself in Ebonyi State or even Alaigbo.
Thank you and remain strong in the face of this challenge.
Dr Ikedi Ohakim
Former a Governor of Imo State