BY PETER OKUTU
ABAKALIKI- GOVERNOR Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State, Tuesday, described call by some stakeholders in the South East geopolitical zone for return of Ndigbo from the Northern part of the country due to alleged killings of Igbos by Boko Haram, as a call for the disintegration of Nigeria.
The governor, who pointed out that God created Nigerians to live anywhere in the country and not only in Igbo land, further described the call as “misguided”, adding that Nigerians everywhere had the task of being united, irrespective of any socio-political differences that might arise at any given time.
Elechi made the statement during a town hall meeting organised by the state government to feel the pulse of its citizenry on issues of both state and national interest.
“Not even in the most civilized economy of society do you have an environment totally free of crime but I want to remind you that the number of Ndigbo, people of South East, who have died in the Northern states are not as many as the number of Ebonyians who died in Ezillo.
“So, where do you run to that you will never have another crisis?
“Asking Igbos to come home is a retrogressive step. That call is to put to an end the Nigerian nation, I say no to that. Nigeria is for all of us and not for some of us.
“I want to advise us to be closer to the security agents and let them know what is going on in their environment. If you have to come home, what about the killings in our own state? The final solution is that good will always triumphs over evil.
“The only solution is to embrace peace and cultivate the habit of peace. Preach and practice it and enforce it as much as you can. Let us not hear of retaliation again. It is not in our dictionary for now,” the governor said.
Governor Elechi expressed the intention of his administration to utilize the subsidy gains accruable to the state to improve water supply, ease transportation cost by providing vehicles, and subsidize the sales of fertilizer to farmers in the state.
According to him, within the space of two months, roads leading from the PDP secretariat to Onuebonyi; Five star hotel through Mile 50, Government House, Police Headquarters, Saint Theresa to Onuebonyi; Vanco Junction to Akanu Ibiam roundabout to Mammy market; Nkaliki to the gate of Ebonyi state broadcasting service, EBBS,; Union Bank roundabout to College of Agricultural Science, CAS Campus of the state University, would be give a face lift as no form of street hawking or other form of enterprise would be prohibited from 1 April 2012.
He said buildings having the design for shops would not be affected by the policy even as he directed the Ministry of Lands, survey and Housing to look for lands where artisans and petty traders among others would be relocated for their economic activities.
He noted that reconstruction of Enugu-Abakaliki by the Federal government would commence on Tuesday next week so as to ensure that the road was in order for commuters.