The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Sunday 4th April 2021, visited Ebonyi State over the suspected herdsmen’s bloody attack on residents of Egedegede and the adjoining communities all in Ishielu Local Government Area.
The crisis adjudged the bloodiest in recent times between the herdsmen and the communities attracted the sympathy of the Vice President and he assured of the deployment of more security to curb killings in the state and apprehend the perpetrators.
During his visit, Vice President Osinbajo condoled with the families who lost their lives in the attack.
While condemning the senseless killings by the herdsmen, he assured that the Federal Government would stop at nothing to ensure that the hoodlums were fished out and made to face the full weight of the law.
“Those who have been mercilessly massacred are human beings like you and me who have hopes and aspirations but they are today dead because of the cowardly act of the herders who have lived with them for years. All of us condemn it and we say that this must not be allowed to happen again, let me assure you that we will seek justice on behalf of those who have been killed”
He assured that the Government would deploy more security personnel to the area to forestall the reoccurrence of such an attack.
Similarly, Osinbajo visited the Effium community in Ohaukwu LGA of Ebonyi State and called on the warring parties in the raging communal crisis to sheath their swords and give peace a chance.
The Vice President said it was imperative they embraced peace to pave way for assistance from the government and for the development of the area.
He, however, urged leaders to endeavor at all times to ensure that those they are leading didn’t die needless deaths.
He said the President Buhari-led government was concerned about the killings and destruction of people’s source of livelihood in the crisis, and conveyed Mr. President’s condolences to the victims.
“Hundreds of people lost their lives, businesses and means of livelihood destroyed. Mr. President was particularly concerned about this, for the families of those who have lost their lives, you should please accept the condolences of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“I want to say first to the leadership that the responsibility of leadership is to ensure that the people we lead do not die needless deaths, we must do something about peace in our communities”
Governor David Umahi while reporting that the State Government had made a concerted effort to nip the crisis in the bud, warned political actors against making inflammatory utterances about the hostilities.
The people of Effuim and Ezza-Effium have been enmeshed in communal clashes that have led to the killings of over 500 persons since the crisis started on January 22, 2021.
The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Nweze Umahi in his remarks appealed to the Federal Government to take drastic measures to checkmate the excesses of the herders.
Umahi further called on the Federal Government to approve State Police to enable the States to combat security challenges facing them.
Governor Umahi also announced the activation of local vigilantes to provide internal security in all parts of the State and warned that Government might not be able to hold back the youth if such killings by the herders occurred again within the shores of the South East region.
He appealed to the Federal Government to make funds available for the resettlement of those whose households and means of livelihood were affected by the attack.