BY Chinenyeh Ozor
NSUKKA – The people of Nsukka in Enugu State have raised alarm over what they described as the state’s poor handling of the annexation of their areas by Anambra and Kogi state governments.
The people said the state government had been “‘partying while Nsukka is burning,” adding that it had done nothing to protect the people of Uzo Uwani and those in Ette, in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area, whose areas were being forcefully taken over by the Anambra and Kogi state governments, respectively.
There had been trouble at both the Uzo Uwani border of Enugu State with Anambra and Kogi states over alleged illegal declaration of the oil-bearing area as part of Anambra by President Goodluck Jonathan, who declared the state as the 10th oil-producing area in the country.
However, according Nsukka Development Union, NDU, Chairman, Chief Joseph Nwezugwu, the state government had failed to act as tension was mounting at Ette.
This he said followed the sacking of Enugu State indigenous teachers in Ette and their replacement with Kogi State personnel, just as it had kept mute as Anambra State government had taken over the Igga area of Uzo Uwani, where Orient Petroleum Resources, OPR, was now exploring oil.
Nwezugwu, told newsmen at Nsukka: “We are in a regime where a government, which has sworn to protect its people, has abandoned them. We are in a regime where a governor has kept quite while his people are being killed and their property destroyed.
“These are people who voted for him. The people he inherited from the defunct Eastern Region, East-Central State, old Anambra and old Enugu states, now the new Enugu State.
“These are hard times because our leaders have embraced our enemies and turned us into refugees. We fail to understand because nobody is talking to us. We feel like fighting back but we do not know the thinking of our leaders, who we voted for.”