Emma Efoke faults Catholic Priest’s allegation of insecurity in Enugu

Emma Efoke faults Catholic Priest’s allegation of insecurity in Enugu

By Larry Onwuta

A concerned citizen in Enugu state, Prince Emma Efoke, has described the statement from Fr. Ike Odoigbo as nothing short of scare mongering meant to cause panic in Enugu State.

Rev Father Ike Odoigbo had earlier in a press statement criticized the government of Enugu state over an alleged state of insecurity in the State.

Prince Emma Efoke said Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has been quite proactive in responding to isolated cases of security challenges in the State, particularly in respect of the unfortunate murder of Fr Paul Offu.

He stated this in a press statement made available to Reformist online magazine in Enugu, according to him, that immediately after that incident, the Governor called an emergency security meeting to deal with the situation, affirmed.

In his words, “the Governor immediately set in motion, in conjunction with the Air Force, the establishment of Air surveillance to aid in securing the State”.

Prince Efoke said instead of commending his Excellency, the Governor for being proactive, the statement of Fr. Odigbo was made in bad taste to paint a false sense of insecurity in the State.

“One needs to commend the traditional rulers in the State for acknowledging the positive security steps taken by the State Governor”.

“We cannot pretend that different parts of the country, particularly the South West, have been worst hit by serial acts of insecurity. It is therefore disingenuous to single out Enugu State, which to all intents and purposes, has been relatively peaceful”.

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“It’s so disheartening that in that lengthened statement of Rev. Fr. Ike Odigbo , he never mentioned anything good done by the government of Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. Well, what do we expect from someone who is not in Enugu state, but preferred to listen to hearsay and make inciting conclusion from abroad where he is supposed to concentrate in his priesthood training? I believe one should shade off certain attitudes as he advances in life and exposure”.

“It’s on record that Umulumgbe parish experienced same controversies during his 5 to 6 year stay as the parish priest”.

According to him, “that it’s not in my character to join issues with men of God but there is this saying that “an adult won’t be at home and she-goat will give birth on the rope”.

“It’s noteworthy that the efforts of Hon. Ugwuanyi in his seriousness in handling the security situation of Enugu state moved him to be the first to implement the decision of the South East Governor’s Forum to recruit Forest Guard with the approval of 1700 across the 17 LGA of Enugu state”.

He noted that governor Ugwuanyi ensured that empowerment of security agencies in discharging their duties was of paramount importance to the present administration.

“His priority in the area of security, necessitated the planed measure by the Northern leaders in Enugu state to shut down all their Livestock and Perishable Goods Market and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) Enugu state to embark on sensitization tour between Wednesday, August 14 and Thursday August 15, 2019 to weed out infiltrators if any”.

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Therefore, “I differ to stand on the side of truth. Though we haven’t gotten to the point expected in the area of security in the country, but Enugu State government is on track and in no distant time, we shall get there if given our total support and quota”.

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