In what can be described as urgent action to save the state from falling apart completely, the people of Imo State residing in the United Kingdom/Ireland have called for caution in the State. They have expressed their dissatisfaction over what has been happening in the State since after the end of the Dee Sam Mbakwe’s administration.
According to the group, they said, the State at the moment is falling apart politically, culturally, socially, legally and has become economically unstable for the people. They have described it as unacceptable and have risen up as the fathers of the State to save the State from falling apart completely.
In a meeting convened by the group last Thursday in London under the auspices of “Imo State Stakeholders UK/Ireland (ISSH), the group poured their minds on what is happening in the State and strongly expressed their displeasure. In their reaction, they group said, they will now weigh into the situations to redress issues and put things right in the State. They are now determined to ensure that things go right in the State and have cautioned any individual/s, groups or establishment responsible for the backwardness of the State to redress itself now for better.
As the “Fathers”, they will not be at home and see the goat delivering while still on bay, which they described as an abomination and also a taboo, so they will not allow such to happen in the State any longer. Imo State Stakeholders UK/Ireland (ISSH) is Established To Redress Issues In The State For The Good Of The People Of The State, they said.
The meeting which had a well turnout of the people of Imo State living in the United Kingdom/Ireland used the opportunity to express their minds on what is happening in the State. They condemned the molestation of the 114 women in the State who were arrested by the police while protesting and exercising their rights to ask questions. They were abused while exercising their fundamental human rights. In Igboland, women are made to be protected and not to be abused. The people involved in this ignoble and shameful act have desecrated our tradition and have dishonoured our women, Chief Mike Igwe said.
In a similar reaction, Nze Udo Udo Udoka said, they have treated our mothers and wives with dishonour and made them a subject of ridicule and mockery in the society, it is unacceptable. He expressed his gladness to have attended the meeting of the Imo State Stakeholders and will ensure that the vision of the (ISSH) is achieved for the people of the State.
Chief Osmond Ndukwe in his reaction, condemned the judiciary and the part they played initially for refusing them bail. According to him, he blamed the Magistrate Court for refusing the women bail initially, before the verdict was turned down by the High Court, that showed a high sense of irresponsibility. He enjoined the newly established group (ISSH) to ensure that the State is put right in all ramifications.
Chief Charles Anyanwu used the occasion to call the attention of the people in the government to be more concerned for the life and properties of the people of the State and provide them maximum security and protection. He made it known that it is the responsibility of the government to protect the people and ensure that law and order are maintained. On the recent action about the detained, but released women, he cautioned the government to be more pro-active in protecting the people and ensure that the police do not act arbitrarily.
Chief Anyanwu who is one of the conveners of the meeting said, the group stands for the welfare of the people of the State and for good governance. We will intervene to protect our people at all times if there is any up rise against our people. We are for the good of the people. He dissociated ISSH from various other groups that are not really working for the people, but selfish to satisfy their selfish needs. In the incoming election, he said, ISSH will create good awareness and ensure good governance is installed to bring development and advancement to the State. We are ready to die for the State and will not hesitate to confront any ugly situation to save the State, Chief Anyanwu said.
Hon. Ejike Ikezuagu described the whole scenario as “unfortunate” since 1999 the country has democracy and the State cannot boast of any meaningful development in healthcare, industry, infrastructure, agriculture, housing, transportation, and education.
He lamented on the high level of unemployment in the State and regretted how helpless the youths were, as most of the youths were unemployable as a result of the government inability to setup vocational study centers to train and retrain the youths.
Hon. Ikezuagu, an employer in the State said, the insecurity in the State is quite alarming. In the last few weeks, the State has recorded series of killings and assassinations, it is hilarious and absolutely sad. In his remark, he said, ISSH will be involved in engaging the government to ensure that there is adequate provision of social amenities in the State and providing the people what is needed to make life comfortable for them. According to him, he said, ISSH is ready to support any Imo State organisations in the UK/Ireland under their umbrella to make the State strong. And the group will ensure that there will be a social justice in the State. Hon. Ikezuagu concluded.
On the same vein, Chief Uzonna Udemba, in a closing remark, thanked the members for turning up for the meeting and advised the members to keep the spirit of unity and never to allow distractors to have a headway in them.
All the attendees expressed joy for the meeting and were very optimistic on the measures discussed to be taken to actualize their vision. The closing prayer was said by Chief Anyanwu.