Insecurity, oil theft pressing that Muslim-Muslim ticket — Uzodimma


On Friday, Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State said the current insecurity and the theft of crude oil were more pressing issues than the All Progressives Congress Muslim-Muslim ticket.

He also condemned the wave of crude oil thefts in the country, describing those involved as “thieves of anti-national interests” who deserved to be punished.

Uzodimma made the observation at the State House shortly after meeting with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retired), to seek approval for the modernization of certain institutions.

They include Federal Medical Center, Owerri, which will be converted into Federal University of Technology Teaching Hospital, and Alvan Ikoku College of Education, which will be converted into Federal University of Education, Owerri.

Responding to a question about the APC’s choice of the presidential ticket for next year’s election, the governor said, “I want to take this opportunity to urge you (the media) to prioritize our area of ‘interest. First, the mood of the country today is not about who the candidates are. The mindset of the country is that two or three years ago we were producing 2.1 million barrels of crude oil every day.

“For more than 12 years, it has been our main source of foreign currency. As a result, due to the activities of those with anti-national interests, we lost over a million barrels and barely managed to produce a million.

“I think we should stand in unison to condemn the activities of crude oil theft by anti-Nigerian interest groups and bring back the economy of the country, because you have to have a country first before you can have a president.

“So, let the political parties that have chosen their candidates, no matter what religion they come from, come out and campaign. It is up to the electorate to reject the ticket by not voting for it, or to accept the ticket by voting for it. But, if we continue to make headlines, you needlessly offend our politics. I want to beg you in the name of God, let’s save our country.

Regarding the purpose of his visit, the delighted Governor said that President Buhari promised to approve his request for the conversion of the two institutions.

Uzodimma also urged the federal government to identify the masterminds behind crude oil theft in Nigeria and bring them to justice.

He warned against treating perpetrators as “sacred cows”, arguing that anyone involved in the practice should be punished, regardless of status.

The IMO governor also criticized the World Bank’s recent projection that Nigeria faced an existential threat due to its precarious financial situation.

He said: “Even 25 years ago, before 1999, the World Bank always said that Nigeria would break into pieces and today Nigeria has not been broken into half a piece. This country is loved by God and our faith in God has kept this country.


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