*incident unfortunate and condemnable — Obi
*attack is barbaric, alien to our culture- Ubah
By; PAMELA EBOH Awka
The Presidential Candidate of Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi, has strongly condemned the attack of the convoy of the Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial Zone, Dr. Ifeanyi Uba at Nkwo market Enugu-Ukwu in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State on Sunday night.
Obi who spoke to newsmen at the Abuja airport, described the incident as “unfortunate and condemnable”.
He said, “I was saddened when I heard the news, especially when lives were lost. I call on the perpetrators of such crimes nationwide to have a re-think about their actions, which is “injurious to the growth and development Nigeria urgently needs now that suffering abounds in the land.”
While describing most of the shootings going on in every part of the country as one of the cumulative effects of bad leadership over the years, he said that the best way to tackle them was to go to the root causes of discontent in the land and nip them in the bud rather than pretending that Nigeria has been fair to Nigerians.
“I have continued to lay emphasis on the urgent need for enhanced security and protection of life and property in our society.
“I reiterate my unwavering commitment to put an end to all forms of violence in different parts of the country by seeking the root causes, under my watch, when elected the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Violence and killings of Nigerians under any guise whatsoever will not be accepted or tolerated under my watch as President”, he added.
Commiserating Governor Chukwuma Soludo, the Presidential hopeful encouraged him not to relent in his efforts to restore sanity to the state.
Obi also commiserated Senator Ifeanyi Ubah and the affected families over the painful incident and loss of lives, saying, “I deeply commiserate with my brother, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, and extend my heartfelt condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones in this ugly incidence.”
On his part, former Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial zone, and former governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra State, Senator Andy described the attack as babaric, alien to Igbo culture and also uncalled for.
In a statement signed by Senator Uba and made available to journalists in Awka, the former lawmaker said, “The news came to me as a shock and I sincerely condemn the horrific attack. These attacks are uncalled for and it’s alien to Igbo culture to maim and kill humans.
He said, “I commiserate with my brother and friend, Distinguished Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah and the families of his aides that lost their lives yesterday (Sunday) in Enugwu-ukwu, Njikoka Local government Area of Anambra State.”
He called on Governor Chukwuma Soludo to do everything possible to fish out the killers behind the attack.
“I urge the Government to do the needful in bringing total peaceful sanity to our dear Anambra State. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the families of the victims,” Uba consoled Ubah