Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has urged Nigerians to come together and reject the agents of anarchy, seeking to cause chaos, for their selfish interests, especially as there are many more, who are working tirelessly, to build up the country’s system and to enhance it.
Professor Osinbajo said this during a one-day visit to Owerri, Imo State, where he commissioned a road project, executed by the state government.
The Vice President also visited the Imo State Police Headquarters and the Owerri Correctional Centre, both of which were attacked in the early hours of Monday.
The Vice President, who condemned the attacks as an assault on the way of life of the good people of the state, further noted that, “our system is not perfect – no earthly system is, – but democracy provides channels for seeking redress for injury, for peacefully addressing the problems that ail us.
He called on Nigerians to reject groups that want to sow violence and destruction.
The Vice President who was referring to those who may be behind the attacks said, “We must reject any attempt to portray these criminal elements as anything other than representatives of their malice and hatred.
They do not represent the good people of this state and this geopolitical zone.
Professor Osinbajo in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant On Media And Publicity, Laolu Akande, assured the people of the state that, “the security in this city and the state has, since yesterday, been further enhanced, and we are set to strengthen the security capacity even more.”
The Vice President noted that the search for the escaped inmates of the correctional centre has begun.
On the newly built road, the Vice President said, “this aligns with Mr President’s own belief, that the building of roads, rail, power, digital technology and other infrastructural assets, must be the priority, for economic development.”
He noted, while congratulating the governor that, “Africa’s largest economy can only provide opportunities for its huge population, if it runs on modern infrastructure.”
Governor Hope Uzodinma thanked the Vice President for the visit to commission the road project and see for himself, the destruction of the State Police Command Headquarters and the Correctional Centre, noting that the people remain confident of the ability and support of the Federal Government in addressing challenges confronting the state.
Shortly after commissioning the 3 km-long Dick Tiger Road, covering more than 10 streets, including the Dick Tiger Street, the Vice President – accompanied by Governor Hope Uzodinma, some Ministers, the State’s Deputy Governor and other dignitaries from the state, visited the State Police Command Headquarters and the Correctional Centre in Owerri, to assess the level of damage at the facilities.
(Editor: Ifeanyi Mark)