The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Imo State has warned against the increasing spate of military show of force in the state which is manifested in form of incessant gunshots in civilian residential areas, indiscriminate positioning and patrolling of Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) vehicles, arrests and detention of innocent people on trumped up allegations and actual extra-judicial killing of citizens in cold blood.
The party in a press statement released and signed on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, by its publicity secretary, Ogubundu Nwadike, noted that, “the tension in the state is becoming very provocative to citizens particularly the youths who are the greatest victims of the increasing militarization of the state that was once rated the most peaceful in Nigeria.
“A great deal of anger and fraustration are being whipped up which could worsen the already bad situation.
“Under the circumstance, the party appeals to Imo people, particularly the youth, to exercise more patience and remain calm, peace-loving and law-abiding while the governor is urged to urgently take steps to demilitarize the state”, PDP stated in the statement.
The party further cautioned Imo youths against engaging the military and security operatives in any attack capable of exposing them to avoidable danger and harm.
The PDP publicity secretary further decried that, “Imo PDP urgently implores Governor Hope Uzodinma who has demonstrated incompetence to ensure that the security agencies operating in the state are professional and in tandem with democratic tenets in discharge of their duties. Imo is not at war”.
The party lamented that, “Imo people cannot be endlessly subjected to living in bondage of fear in their own state, and as such Governor Uzodinma should urgently convene a genuine stakeholders’ conference on safety and security in the state.
“This party is surprised that her advice and recommendations for restoring peace in the state has so far continually fallen on deaf ears while instances of insecurity multiply in the State.
“We are strongly convinced that the current challenges of insecurity in the state are not insurmountable, only that the solutions need to be determined domestically within the state and not by external interferences.
“Governor Uzodinma should really look inwards for sustainable solutions”, the statement enthused.