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Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has hinted at the possibility of reaching out to the secessionists for talks in order to find solutions to the insecurity in his state. The governor gave the hint after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.
Uzodimma, however, refused to give details of the kind of discussions being held and the personalities involved.
The governor, while reacting to a question on whether there was any negotiation with the leadership of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), said:
‘The management of crime can be likened to the relationship between husband and wife. It’s not everything they do to keep peace that are discussed at the sitting room.’
‘Discussion in the bedroom produces better result than the one in the living room. Take it. I think I’ve spoken.’
He also said that the agitation by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been politicised.
Uzodinma also insisted that the sit-at-home order by IPOB has been politicized.
He spoke while addressing State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday. The governor also noted that people of the Southeast are no longer obeying the sit-at-home order.
According to the governor, the order was being issued by faceless people.
He said: ‘The issue of IPOB has been politicised and the sit at home order is also being politicised.’
‘The sit-at-home order is also being politicised because those issuing the order are faceless.’
‘We’ve not seen either through newspapers or through broadcast order directing people to sit at home.’
‘Rather, what we know that is happening is this paparazzi mentality of trying to put fear into our people and make innocent people vulnerable.’
‘As I speak to you, the sit-at-home order is not being obeyed in Imo state.’
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK