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Governors under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday condemned the killing of scores of people in Ukpabi-Nimbo in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, describing the massacre as most shameful.
The governors, who were on a condolence visit to the Enugu State governor, said they would ensure that such attack would be the last that would happen in Nigeria, and appealed for calm while they urged Nigerians to live in harmony anywhere they reside.
Speaking on behalf of the governors, the chairman of APC Governors Forum, Owelle Rochas Okorocha of Imo State assured Nigerians and indeed Enugu State people that the federal government had taken up the matter and “very soon the culprits will be brought to book.”
According to him, “We are here because of the recent ugly incidents that took place in Enugu State that recorded loss of many lives. As you are aware, death is death and death is painful, no matter the shape you find it; but the most painful death is a death that is man-made and the one never anticipated. So we are here to console you because you are one of us and this nation of ours is one irrespective of political party affiliation.”
The APC governors, who said death had no party lineage, said they were in Enugu to show concerns over the loss.
“We are APC governors; you are PDP; but in death there is no party. So we have come here to show our concerns over this great loss. I commiserate with you and the good people of Enugu State in this moment of grief and trial.
“It is important also to state that the people and government of Enugu State have shown maturity in handling the matter at this level of provocation. In some areas and in some countries it would have been a different story by now, which would have resulted in retaliation. So first we want to commend you, the government and the people of Enugu State for holding forth, making sure that this did not generate ethnic war.
“A criminal in Borno is the same thing with a criminal in Enugu State. We will ensure that this will be the last that will happen in Nigeria. Let us speak about the unity of this country. We are here to dramatise it.
Also speaking, chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima said that it was “our duty to bring condolence to the people of Enugu at this time of sadness,” stressing that their experience of Boko Haram had made them know the pains of such killings.
“We see the perpetrators as criminals and they should be treated as such. There is no town or village in this country you will go without finding the Igbos. They are enterprising and forgiving. We may have differences along the way but let us build the nation together.”
Responding the Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi said the visit was very heart-warming, noting that it showed that Nigerians sympathise with the state.
He stated that the state government would set up judiciary panel of inquiry to look into what happened, saying that “whether PDP, APC or any other party, we are united in this.”

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