When Imo Governor Hope Uzodimma visited the Izombe community in the Oguta Council Area on Tuesday to assess the extent of damage to properties belonging to residents of the community, he broke down in tears.
After an altercation between oil bunkers on Friday, three persons were believed to have died, including two army personnel and one civilian.
Uzodimma, who paid a visit to the neighborhood, expressed her concern over the devastation done to people’ s homes and businesses as a result of the situation.
” I am heartbroken I have shed tears as a result of what I have witnessed. The riches that my brothers and sisters have accumulated have been destroyed.
” This is what I’ ve witnessed. Izombe has been hit by a natural disaster. The riches that my brothers and sisters have accumulated have been destroyed. Only God knows how much I value Izombe in the same manner as I value Omuma, the site of my birth.
” I’ m hoping that Uzodimma is your brother. Please don’ t let your rage reach boiling point. I’ ve informed the soldiers that the innocent must be allowed to live in peace. Peace must be restored in Izombe, peace must be restored in Imo State, and peace must be restored throughout Nigeria.
” I’ m in a lot of pain. The Izombe community has been supportive of me throughout my political life.
” If there is any community in Imo State where civilization should be resident, it is the Izombe village. Izombe is a community in which we have a large number of wise folks” , the statement read.
Governor Uzodimma has urged the leaders not to remain silent in the wake of the disaster. ” Where have all of our leaders gone? What is it that you’ re staying quiet about? These young people are our brothers and sisters. I have no intention of killing them. I will expect them to repent and explain why they have turned to criminal activity.
” Unfortunately, this has transpired in this case. It’ s truly tragic. I’ d like to express my condolences to you, Your Royal Highness. We’ ve come to express our condolences to my brothers and sisters and to show our solidarity with them.
” What occurred is quite tragic. It is a heinous crime. I have to be with you because you were there for me when I was struggling you were there for me when I was tested and if you are challenged, I will be there for you as well.
” We’ re losing time because there are too many disagreements. Let us get together as a group” , he said.
” Take a look at the dwellings of our kinsmen who toiled to make a living, which has now been destroyed. It’ s not enough that they’ re terrified to return to their hometown according to him.
” Do we have to continue living this way? Isn’ t it past time for us to make a change? Everything must change because what is wrong must be avoided at all costs, and what is not acceptable in a society must be avoided at all costs” , he said.
Uzodinma said that he will never back someone who wants to kill anyone in the state of Imo. He said he will urgently appoint a committee to come in and examine the damages. Where the government will support the owners, ” we will assist them as well, if possible” .
Uzodinma said he was moved to tears by what he witnessed. Izombe has been hit by a natural disaster. The riches that his brothers and sisters have accumulated have been destroyed. Only God knows how much he values Izombe in the same manner as he values Omuma, the site of his birth.
” I have informed the soldiers that the innocent must be allowed to live in peace. Peace must be restored in Izombe, peace must be restored in Imo State, and peace must be restored in Nigeria according to governor Uzodinma” , he said.