President Muhammadu Buhari met on Wednesday night with Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State following the attack in Uzo-Uwani local government area by Fulani herdsmen. The major aim of the meeting was for the President to receive further briefing on the invasion that led to the massacre of about 50 people and destruction of property including churches.
Halfway into a meeting of the Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, held at the Old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi left for Buhari’s official residence at 9.55 pm after which the governor told State House correspondents that he was happy that Buhari had ordered security chiefs to go after the attackers and protect the citizens.
Ugwuanyi banished reports that he was not allowed to speak with President Buhari on the incident, saying:
“At no point did I call Mr. President or anyone in the Presidency for that matter. There was no need. I am happy that the President has directed the Chief of Defence Staff and the IGP to fish out the culprits and then safeguard the people.
“That is the demand of the state and that is what I am expected to do as a governor, to safeguard lives and property.”
The President’s meeting with the governor came after he directed the Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Abayomi Olonishakin and the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase to arrest and prosecute all those involved in the killing of innocent people and destruction of villages across the country by heavily armed herdsmen.
This is believed to be an apparent move by President Buhari to douse the mounting nationwide anger and increasing criticism of his government’s alleged indifference to the menace.
In a statement issued yesterday by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President urged all Nigerians to remain calm and assured of his administration’s readiness to deploy all required personnel and resources to remove this new threat to the collective security of the nation.
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