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Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has explained why it believes that Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma does not deserve a second term as the governor of the state.
The association which spoke through its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko on Saturday alleged that Uzodinma ‘has failed woefully to opt for constructive dialogues with all the restive youths in the state.’
Onwubiko also condemned in strong terms the gruesome killing of five policemen at the Okpala Junction in the Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of Imo State on Friday.
He added that Governor Uzodinma must set up a reconciliation commission by offering apologies to the families of all those killed, including security operatives and civilians as well as pay compensation to the victims of the numerous dastard attacks on security agents and civilians in the state.
The Eastern Updates recalls that gunmen had on Friday, attacked policemen from Abo Mbaise police division when they went to eat at an eatery.
Reports said that while three policemen were shot dead at the scene, two others escaped to a nearby shop but the criminal elements raced to the shop and killed them and equally killed a couple who owned the shop they ran into. The assailants further carted away five rifles of the policemen.
HURIWA’s Onwubiko said: “We condemn the intransigence of Gov Hope Uzodinma to opt for constructive dialogues with all the restive youths of Imo State. We call on the governor to step down from being on the ticket of the All Progressives Congress for a second term in order to save Imo from continuous killings.
“Gov Uzodimma, if he means well for the state, should announce that he won’t be running in the November governorship poll, then set up a reconciliation commission by offering apologies to families of all those killed including security operatives and civilians.
‘He should also pay compensations where possible, offer amnesty and open avenues for peacebuilding through withdrawal and submission of arms by sundry armed groups. But the reconciliation must be sincere and pragmatic.