By Eze Amaeshi
The monarch of Amaifeke Ancient Kingdom and Chairman, Imo State Traditional Institution and Community Policing, HRH Eze Emmanuel C. Okeke (Eze Udo 2), has expressed his gratitude to God for the wisdom he has given to Governor Hope Uzodimma which had enabled him to intervene in the state in such a way that during the EndSARS protest, Imo state did not witness such enormous damage and destruction of public and private properties like in many other states of the federation.
The traditional ruler disclosed this to our reporter last Monday during a telephone chat over the recent developments in Nigeria, especially relating to the EndSARS protest.
He observed that Governor Uzodimma had acted like a professional by putting a curfew in place and liaising well between the security forces and Imolites and everything quickly calmed down, describing him as a good governor who saved Imo from what happened in other states.
Eze Okeke said he knew the governor God had given Imolites to do great things for the people, saying that if it were from men, it wouldn’t have been possible, but God’s love for Imo people led him to give them Senator Hope Uzodimma as governor.
The monarch also praised the governor for his achievements so far especially as his emergence was quickly followed by COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, then heavy rainfall under which no meaningful thing can be done, promising that the governor would transform the state positively.
Eze Okeke called on Governor Uzodimma’s aides to work hard in helping him deliver expected results and also on all Imolites, irrespective of political affiliation to come together for the sake of our state and put all differences behind.
The traditional ruler also called on all governments at all levels and lawmakers to examine themselves create employment opportunities, retire those due for retirement and make way for others.
However, he said that the nationwide EndSARS protest had sent a clear message to the leaders of Nigeria and expressed his belief that they are responding positively to it.
He condemned the destruction of properties by hoodlums, describing it as the bad aspect of the whole thing.
The royal father described the peaceful protest as a tool recognized globally for citizens to register their grievances in the land.
He added that the leaders had seen the anger of the youths and believes they would get things right, wondering how a nation blessed with enormous natural and human resources could not provide enough for its people.
Eze Okeke also commiserated with the families of all who lost loved ones at the Lekki Toll Gate incident, as well as others elsewhere – including security personnel.