By Dennis Agbo
ABAKALIKIâ€”THE government of Chief Martin Elechi has flayed the recent media briefing by Senator Julius Ucha (Ebonyi North) together with twoÂ members of the House of Representatives in Abuja, where the federal lawmakers from Ebonyi State blamed the state government for the escalation of the Ezza-Ezillo communal war.
In a statement in Abakaliki, Governor Elechi through his Media Relations Assistant, Mr. Abia Onyike, said that the allegation by Senator Ucha as well as Mr. Paulinus Nwagu and Mr. Innocent Chima of House of Representatives failed to justify their flimsy accusations. The Governor noted that the allegation was aimed at creating more confusion as a cover for their underhand machinations in fueling the conflict and politicizing it to a dangerous dimension.
According to Governor Elechi, â€œthe truth of the matter remains that these people, who blow hot and cold, were the same people who seem to be deriving pleasure and expecting benefits from the crises due to their self-proclaimed antagonism of the state government, targeted at the struggle for political power in 2011.â€
The Governor said that it would not be out of place to suspect that â€œthese elements, who claimed to be the representatives of the people have of late engaged in mass arms acquisition and accumulation of dangerous weapons with which they arm a warring faction in order to exacerbate the conflict.â€
The Governor also alleged that the problem in Ezza-Ezillo was nurtured from the time Senator Ucha was Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly between 1999 and 2003 and was holding brief as Acting Governor.
He noted that then, Ucha directed all Ezza, who were living in peace with their host communities to seek and deploy violent measures in search of autonomy status. Elechi said he, however, promptly intervened in the matter when the war broke out, adding that he quickly set up a high-powered mediatory committee that later recommended the demarcation of the Ezillo-Ezza boundaries.
â€œFollowing the dangerous dimension which the conflict had taken and the loss of innocent lives, including those of two policemen, theÂ government would no longer tolerate the continuation of these heinous plots and dangerous conspiracies, and the bloody consequences they entail,â€ the Governor warned.