All Progressives Congress (APC) governors visited Enugu state yesterday where they condoled with the government and people of the state over the killings of up to 50 residents at Ukpabi Nimbo in Uzo-Nwani local government area of the state by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
The APC governors, led by Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, praised the Enugu Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his maturity in handling the conflict and his swift move which ensured that there were no reprisals. “If it were elsewhere, the story would have been different,” said Gov. Okorocha.
Other APC governors in the delegation were Governors Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa) and deputy governors of Kogi and Yobe states, Simon Achuba and Abubakar Aliyu.
Okorocha noted that though the invaders of Nimbo were common criminals, the incident should not be seen as an ethno-religious attack.
He said: “A criminal in Borno State is the same thing with a criminal in Enugu State or any other state.”
Okorocha philosophised that “death is death and very painful, but it is most painful if it is man-made”.
The Imo governor told Ugwuanyi that political differences pale out in matters of death.
“We are APC governors and you are in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). But in death, there is no party. That is why we are here to commiserate with you,” he said.
Okorocha said the APC governors were also in Enugu to display the need for Nigeria’s unity.
The governor urged all to always think of the nation’s unity. He said the Nimbo attack would not happen again anywhere in Nigeria.
Shettima likened Ugwuanyi’s maturity to that of the late first President of Nigeria, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, who always called for peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.
He said the perpetrators were criminals who could be found in any part of the country.
Ugwuanyi thanked his guests for commiserating with him and his people.
The governor described the visit as heart-warming.
He said his administration had set up a judicial panel of inquiry on the attack and as well established Neighbourhood Watch to prevent future attacks.