Following the EndSARS protest, Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has advocated for the country to embark on reconciliation, reassurances and confidence-building among all citizens as a way forward for the nation.
The Governor stated this on Thursday while on a visit to his Lagos State counterpart, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu in Lagos.
The Abia governor said it was necessary to embark on these exercises “to further emphasise on those things that bind and unite us a people”.
Ikpeazu who commiserated with families that lost loved ones and property during the protests said he was elated by the opportunity he had to also personally convey his sympathy to the Lagos State Governor over the attack on the residence of his mother and on the palace of the Oba of Lagos during the EndSARS protest, said “we should aim to learn so much from the supreme sacrifice made by Lt Col Adekunle Fajuyi, then military Governor of the former Western region, who defended his friend, Gen Aguiyi Ironsi even with his life. That action of his has elevated the ceiling of expectations of love, loyalty and patriotism between the people of Abia State and those of the entire South West”, he said.
Continuing, the Governor said such supreme sacrifice paid for a friend should challenge us as a people of all divides and inclinations to be our brother’s keeper.
The Abia State Governor expressed gratitude to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for providing the needed ambience for Ndi Igbo to thrive in Lagos and assured that Abia State remains home for all Nigerians engaged in legitimate businesses to succeed. He advised Abians in Lagos to remain law-abiding and supportive of the Government of the day.