Alex Otti, governor of Abia State, has asked the state’s traditional leaders for help maintaining order.
On Tuesday, he met with the senior officers of the traditional rulers’ council and executive members of the traditional rulers from the 17 LGAs of the state at Government House, Umuahia, and issued the directive.
Announcing that the state government of Abia would be harsh on criminals and their enablers, he made it clear that the new administration would not tolerate any form of lawlessness.
Any monarch whose territory is used by criminals as a safe haven would be dealt with, Otti warned.
He said, “Silence in the face of iniquity is a crime.
When you turn a blind eye to wrongdoing in your community, you are effectively endorsing it.
To paraphrase, “The new and improved Abia can not be achieved without major inputs from stakeholders like you, our respected royal fathers.”
The governor of Abia stressed the need of ensuring the safety of people and their possessions as a prerequisite for growth.
“Our state must remain crime free so that our people can go about their businesses without fear, and that is exactly where you come in,” Otti remarked.
He called the royal fathers “strategic partners” and promised them that their wise advice would be essential in running the state.
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