By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu
The member representing Ihiala Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Right Honourable Dr Pascal Agbodike, says that granting of amnesty and job creation by the Federal Government of Nigeria will put a stop to the lingering insecurity in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Rt. Hon. Agbodike who stated this while fielding questions from newsmen in Awka shortly after the Thanksgiving Mass organized in his honour at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, Awka, noted that massive federal government’s presence through offering of jobs to the youths would end the youth restiveness and wanton destruction of life and property in Ihiala and its environs.
‘I want to proffer practical solution to the killings, kidnappings and all manner of crimes and criminality in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State. I want to personally suggest ways to address the issue of insecurity in my domain. It is not rocket science.
‘The Federal Government did it in Niger-Delta and even in the North. They should do same here. My people are traumatized. The Anambra State Government is really trying but we need the Federal Government to come in and end it once and for all.
‘My people are no longer sleeping with their two eyes closed. They rarely visit home these days. I am saddened by this ugly development. I say no to killings and destruction. My constituency is deserted.
‘The way forward is not to deploy security troops to Ihiala. If they do that, many innocent people will be affected and killed. The FG should initiate an amnesty programme. They should use dialogue and peaceful engagements,’ Agbodike pleaded.
Agbodike who is the immediate past Deputy Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, said he would champion the struggle geared towards restoring peace and tranquility in Ihiala Federal Constituency
‘The Federal Government should engage these neglected youths just like it did to those in the Niger Delta years ago. My people are not known as people operating from the bush. We are law-abiding citizens,’ he said.