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Group decries spate of violence

By Tony Edike

Enugu – The Coalition for Good Governance, anon-governmental organisation based in Enugu, has called on the Federal Government to take urgent steps to check  the eruption of violence in parts of the country so as to halt further threat to national security.

The group said the spate of violence in parts of the country has become a matter of serious concern, which if not well handled, could undermine the corporate existence of the nation, stressing that the ugly development being experienced at a time the nation was laundering its battered image, required a sensitive action by governments at all level to nip them in the bud.

President of the coalition, Mr Nwabueze Ugwu, said in a statement in Enugu, yesterday that it was regrettable that these bottled up violence eruptions from nooks and crannies of the country were coming “after we had sung the dirge of military rule.”

“These eruptions may have arisen from very cogent and unaddressed causes, but the newly garnered constitutional freedom brought about by our renascent democracy ought not to be misconstrued to mean a grand exposition of ugly animalistic nature or a return to a Hobbesian state, where life was brutish and short,” he said.

Ugwu, noted that the Nigerian constitution guarantees all and sundry, the right to life, which ought to be upheld in any civilized society including Nigeria, saying governments at all level “are saddled with the task of upholding this constitutional provision and should not by their actions or inactions, omission or negligence, consciously or inadvertently do or allow anything that could undermine the sanctity of life in this country.”


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