The Nigerian vice president in the second republic, Dr Alex Ekwueme, has advised president Muhammadu Buhari over the relocation of the Boko Haram insurgents to Anambra state.
Ekwueme stated that immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan, was the originator of the idea to bring the detainees to Aguata Prisons in Ekwulobia, Aguata local government area of the state, but was resisted by the people, a reason the past administration dropped the idea.
The former number two citizen of Nigeria, has now asked president Buhari to reverse the order as a way of assuaging the feelings of Ndigbo.
Vanguard reports that Ekwueme, who spoke during the end of tenure thanksgiving ceremony of Chief Victor Umeh as APGA Chairman, said: “I am aware that the plan of bringing Boko Haram detainees to Aguata prisons in Ekwulobia came up a while ago and there was reasonable protest to the then President Jonathan against it and he dropped the plan.
“I was out of the country when I heard that Boko Haram detainees were brought to Aguata Prisons in Ekwulobia, Anambra State. I started wondering how the idea of bringing them to the South East and my local government area came up again after the people thought the matter has been rested.
“I am sure the new President must have seen the records and proposal and decided to implement it, but since there was initial protest against the relocation of the detainees to the South East, I’m sure President Buhari will do something to assuage the feelings of the people of the South East.”Chief Ekwueme also commented on the delayed ministerial appointment, he said: “every leader has his leadership style, everybody will not approach that exalted office with the same style. You have to watch and assess each person based on his style. The important thing is that we get the right result.
“Another important thing is that we have peace, prosperity and unity, and better quality of life as Nigeria attains her God given-position as a great nation and leader in the comity of nations.
“So, I wish the President well in running the affairs of Nigeria. I cannot start assessing his performance now, it is too early.”
Recall that some southeast governors frowned at the idea of relocating the insurgents to the prisons in their states over fears of insecurity.