Herdsmen Attacks: Don’t Place Tribal Sentiments on Criminal Activities – Okorocha to Nigerians
The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has cautioned Nigerians against placing criminals and their activities on tribal sentiments but should rather treat all forms of criminal acts and their culprits as such not minding where they come from.
He noted that crime is an offence against the nation while a criminal should be seen as a common enemy of the people.
Okorocha said this at the official launch of the Imo Peace Advocate Corps, remarking that Boko Haram elements, herdsmen who kill or members of other groups who engage in heinous crimes should be treated as criminals and their activities should not be viewed from the angle of where they come from, since a criminal is a criminal.
According to the governor, “a lot of criminal activities are going on in our nation and time has come for us to treat criminals as criminals despite where they come from. An armed robber is an armed robber first and foremost. Where he comes from is secondary.”
He continued, “our nation is going through a very turbulent period and it takes only lovers of peace to ensure peaceful co-existence in our nation. Our mission as responsible indigenes of Nigeria is to ensure peace and pursue peace. I therefore charge the Peace Advocates to be diligent and work with sincerity of purpose.”