In a new twist that could lead to reprisal attacks by Enugu State indigenes, over the murder of their people, there are confirmed reports that the tragedy which took place in Enugu, would have been averted, had the President had put National Interest above self.
We have been reliably informed that, the Governor of Enugu State, had before the ugly incident, placed a call to the president, which was put on hold for over an hour 15 minutes.
Sources say, this call was made in the presence of 13 men and 4 women, where the president’s aide told the Governor that the president will get back to him.
Buhari through his aide, after 4hours of waiting, told Enugu State Governor that the president will do something about it.
Eye witnesses when this calls were placed to the President said, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on hearing that the police have not arrived at Uzouwani called GOC 82 division for help.
He was referred to the presidency again, where his call was again, put on hold, for nearly 2 hours.
Desperate to speak with the President, which ended in futility, news filtered in that the attack he was planning to prevent has actually taken place.
We gathered that, within an hour, the commissioner of police and GOC who referred the Governor to the President, mobilized their men to stop retaliation.
Residents of Enugu have queried why the police commissioner and GOC need presidency order before they can protect the innocent citizens and also why police and military sent their men to Uzouwani after the attack to prevent retaliation.
A resident who confided in us, also demanded to know why a sitting Governor cannot use the support of police and military to protect his people.
Since the Enugu massacre, Nigerians have expressed their anger, and has charged the Governor, to make use of the media, which was used by Orji Uzor Kalu, in his time as Governor of Abia State, to avert this type of unnecessary deaths in Okigwe during his tenure.
President Buhari has been accused by some section of Nigerians, to be a jihadist who has a hidden agenda.
Speaking, a source said, “Don’t wait for police and military, use the media which is free. Put the call before public media, have it taped and watched and monitored all over the world and Uzouwani citizens would have rushed back home in their millions to protect their relatives. The world will see how a tyrant value lives of his people.”
There are calls, demanding probe/investigation on this massacre and also for the GOC and commissioner to be queried on their negligence in protecting the lives of the citizenry.
Now there is need for state police in every state of the federation. A situation where there is danger in a state and the army and police (both federal controlled) will have to get order from the federal government before protection lives and property of Nigerian citizens is bad and devilish. Our law makers have a great duty to do in this regard or we should begin to prepare for another civil war in Nigeria.