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Opposition parties, particularly members of the Coalition of South East Youth Leaders, came under serious criticism from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for their comments on the recent killing of two policemen in an Anambra community last Thursday.
The incident occurred at the Uga roundabout in the Aguata Local Government Area of the state on Thursday.
Condemning the incident, members of the South East Youths Leaders and other opposition groups have issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the state governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, demanding his resignation due to perceived inability to address insecurity in Anambra.
Chinedu Obigwe, the National Coordinator of APGA Media Warriors Forum, stressed in a Sunday statement that Governor Soludo has excelled in addressing security challenges in the state.
Obigwe stressed that the politicization of security issues is unwarranted, and he proposed the arrest of anyone demanding Soludo’s resignation in connection with the killings.
He said, ‘Whenever you see security issues being politicised, know that those behind the politicisation are the sponsors of the insecurity.’
‘In our reaction to those calling for Soludo to resign over insecurity in Anambra, we will also call for their arrest, especially the leadership of the Coalition of South East Leaders.’
‘We are of the strong belief that the group knows something about the unfortunate incident that happened at Uga few days ago hence their reason for playing politics with it.’
‘Outside that Uga incident, Anambra was peaceful throughout this Christmas celebration, so for any disgruntled element to use the incident to play politics is unacceptable to ndi Anambra.’
‘Soludo has dealt with insecurity in Anambra State, and he deserves commendation for achieving that feat. If we go by Anambra Police Command’s report on the Uga incident, I will say that our police officers deserve commendation for foiling what was obviously a kidnap attempt at Uga.’
‘It was unfortunate that two police officers lost their lives to that incident but the bravery exhibited in chasing away the unknown gunmen that obviously came from Imo State is commendable.’
‘Everything is not politics, and the worst thing anybody can do is to politicise the issues of insecurity. It’s not done in a sane clime because security is everybody’s business.’
‘On the part of the Anambra State government and our gallant security officers, APGA as a party will continue saying it boldly that they deserve commendation for reducing insecurity challenges in our state to the barest minimum.’
‘We know how our state was in the past, but today our gallant security operatives have turned unknown gunmen into hit-and-run cowards.’
The party stressed that anybody using the incident at Uga to call for the resignation of Soludo is behind that incident and should be invited by security agents for questioning.
‘Ndi Anambra are unanimously in support of Soludo because he is tackling all the challenges facing the state.’
‘Anambra is in safe hands and the good people of the state will not take it lightly with anyone that plays politics with the security of the state,’ the party added.