Governor of Enugu State Rt Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has declared two days fasting and prayers for God’s intervention into the continued invasion by Fulani Militant terrorist group also known as the Fulani herdsmen in the state.
Ugwuanyi who visited Ukpabi, Nimbo, in Uzo-Uwani local government area of the state on Tuesday morning for on the spot assessment of the mayhem in the area, could not hold back his tears as he consoled with the people for the loss of lives and property.
“This calls for sober reflection; this is a trying period, not just for this community but for all of us.
“On Sunday, we were in the church for Nigeria Prays, with General Yakubu Gowon; I got a call from the council chairman and immediately, I summoned a security council meeting; prior to that we had met with the Fulani leaders, and it was indeed yesterday that we would have inaugurated a joint committee of the Fulani and the Enugu government.
“Be that as it may, what has happened, has happened; this is not the to blame any body; government will do what it is supposed to do; I understand that economic activities have been shut down here, we will as a government make available the sum of N5m to the leaders of this community and then from there proceed to the hospital, settle all the bills and then later we go to the next line of action.
“May I therefore, call on the entire people of Enugu State to please fast for two days and put this into the hands of God; Enugu is in the hands of God. I re-assure this community that the government and the people of Enugu State are behind you; your pain is our pain; you are the true heroes of democracy and we cannot abandon you; that’s why I am here”, the Governor stated.
The governor was accompanied by the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Nwodibo Ekechukwu, the GOC 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, as well as the Enugu State Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC.
The visit coincided with the recovery of the body of one more dead resident slaughtered by the herdsmen. Many survivors, with varying degrees of injuries on the head, neck, and other parts of the body are currently receiving treatment in different hospitals in Nsukka including the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu.