The Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Paul Emeziem has asserted that the Igbo have equal stake in the Nigerian project thus should not be relegated to the background.
Emeziem made the assertion on Saturday, June 5, during an interactive session with newsmen in Owerri, the state capital.
The speaker advised other ethnic groups to see reasons to accommodate Igbo interest through dialogue and mutual agreement.
He however charged the Igbo to use the opportunity presented by the ongoing Constitutional Review to press home their demands.
He listed the demands to include the creation of an additional state in the South East region, rotational presidency and political cum developmental equity.
Emeziem urged media practitioners in the state to use their respective mediums to facilitate efforts at restoring peace and stability in the state.
According to him, media practitioners have the capacity to advise the people against taking to violence while making their demands.
He noted that violent approach to issues has never been known to yield the desired results.
He insisted that the media, aside informing the public, should devote more time and effort in educating and re-educating the people on the dangers of engaging in activities capable of breaching law and order.
The lawmaker condemned the spate of killings of innocent people in the state in recent times, saying that efforts to tackle insecurity and restore normalcy in the state should not be left in the hands of the government alone.
According to him, every media practitioner should first consider the general interest of the state and support efforts that would ensure a conducive environment for businesses to thrive, desired development to be achieved and for people to live without any fear in the state.
He also appealed to them to join hands with the state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma to eradicate crimes and social unrest in the state as well as move the state forward.
He maintained that Governor Uzodimma means well for the state and should be given every support and cooperation to succeed with his vision in the interest of the state
“The media practitioners should join hands with our governor through their reportage and healthy contributions to tackle the current insecurity in our state. It is not all about informing the people, but also educating and re-educating our people on the right things to do.
“I am of the opinion that the press must rise up to its responsibility to the state and people. We should not only castigate the government but also seek and proffer solutions to problems.
“We all owe our people and the society that duty especially in the face of the current situation we have found ourselves in the state.
“As far as I know, our governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma means well for the state and has been doing his best to offer the best to the state since he assumed office.
Emeziem said he strongly believe that with the collective support, prayers and cooperation of the people, Uzodimma will surely live up to the expectations of the people of Imo State.