ENUGU—Udenu Local Government Council of Enugu State has appealed to the Federal Government to come to the aid of bereaved families of its indigenes killed by the October 1 bomb blasts in Abuja.
It also disclosed that Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State would soon visit the bereaved families to commiserate with them
Chairman of Udenu local government council, Dr. Godwin Abonyi, made the appeal during his condolence visit to the bereaved families at Ezimo-Agu and Nshama-Umuosigide Obollo-Orie at the weekend.
Enugu State lost four persons to the blasts, while two of the victims, Sunday Eze and Alfred Onah, hailed from Udenu local government area of the state.
“I pray that only God can console the families because each of the victims, incidentally, happened to be bread winners of their families but, as a council, we would want to make an appeal to the federal government, especially on the victim with four children, the last being twin children of less than one year, to ensure that those children go to school.
“We will also make appeal to our state governor, Mr. Sullivan Chime, who I know will definitely give some support and at our own local level here, we will work out something to ensure that we give our support, especially the guy in IMT.
“His diseased elder brother was taking care of his academics, we will do everything to ensure that he does not drop out of school,” Dr. Abonyi said.
He said the council was propelled to pay condolences because the incident was tragic, with the affected families being poor and losing their bread winners.
“So the only way to cushion the effect of their devastation is to pay them this kind of visits,” he added.
Abonyi, who gave cash donations to the families, said he was aware that the senator representing Enugu North Senatorial district, Senator Ayogu Eze, and a House of Representatives member, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, had brought the attention of the bereaved families to the Presidency.
He promised that Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu state would soon pay his own condolences to the families of the victims.
The council chairman lamented that the bomb blast was meant to embarrass the government of Nigeria by those he described as miscreants, who also caused pains to innocent and bereaved poor families.
“How I wish those that planted the bomb could be here to see the devastation they have caused these families, the children and the aged mothers.
“The bomb planters can now see that innocent people are affected. We, therefore, call on everybody to condemn this act of terrorism because it is very alien to our culture and tradition.
“We proclaim respect for human lives and we hope this will be the last of its kind in Nigeria. We call for peace that in the next fifty years, we will leave a better country than we have met it.
“We consol the families of the victims and we can only given token gift so that you can use it to cushion the effect of this tragic incident,” said the Udenu council boss.