Amid the worsening safety challenges throughout the nation, the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, has said that Nigerians are being killed like rams beneath the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said this on Wednesday after holding a closed-door assembly with the president, the News Agency of Nigeria stories.
He was quoted as saying, “It’s condemnable. It’s unfortunate that people kill human beings these days as if they are killing rams.”
“I will call on all of us as leaders, as Nigerians, to protect the sanctity of our nation and protect the interest of our country.”
He urged leaders to “respect and obey the rule of law and do things that are allowed by law and condemn illegal and criminal activities.”
The Imo governor additionally urged Nigerians to sentence crimes each time they happen, saying justice should be served on whoever is discovered wanting.
He, nevertheless, suggested that individuals should not take the legal guidelines into their arms regardless of their grievance.
“The business of government is the protection of lives and property, and we must act as a government and live up to the responsibilities of government. So, we try to maintain law and order and condemn illegal and criminal activities as well as make those who are apprehended to face the law.
“So many people are taking laws into their hands, and some aggrieved people have resorted to self-help.
“Illegality upon illegality is still illegality. But all we try to do is to appeal to our people because collectively, I am almost certain that if all of us agree today that unknown gunmen and bandits must stop, they will stop,” he assured Nigerians.
“Somehow, some people tacitly and otherwise are still allowing and encouraging these criminals to harass and intimidate innocent citizens.”