Governors forum condemns Onitsha violence

Onitsha violenceBy AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – GOVERNORS from the Northern states have condemned recent the recent violence in Anambra State southeastern Nigeria.

Chairman of Northern States Governors Forum, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, said security measures with a view to ensuring that Wednesday’s violence that included burning of places of worship in the commercial city of Onitsha did not spread to the northern parts of the country.

“The northern Governors condemned the Onitsha violence without blaming any individual or group. The Governors appealed for calm, saying all Nigerians must realize that the evil being perpetuated by the Boko Haram insurgents against innocent Muslims, Christians and followers of other religions
regardless of their geo-political divides since the last six years, was more than enough trouble for the country,” said Shettima.

He said this warranted the need to come together as a single unit to collectively fight terrorism that is a threat to all Nigerians.

Commercial activities in Onitsha ground to a halt on Wednesday following protests by more than 20 000 members and sympathisers of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), seeking the release of the Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

Shettima expressed concern.

“We have Boko Haram that kills Hausa, Fulani, Ibo, Yoruba, Kanuri, Ijaw and anyone they are able to come across. We thought that the existence of Boko Haram should have been enough to make all Nigerians fuse into one and fight a common enemy. It is really sad that any Nigerian can contemplate
violence.”

– CAJ News

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