All Progressives Congress (APC) governors were in Enugu State yesterday to condole with Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on the killings by suspected Fulani herdsmen at Ukpabi Nimbo in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area.
About 50 residents were killed when suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded the community last week.
Several others were injured.
Led by the Chairman of APC Governors’ Forum and Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, the delegation include Governors Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa) and deputy governors of Kogi and Yobe states, Simon Achuba and Abubakar Aliyu.
The APC governors, who spoke through Okorocha, hailed Ugwuanyi for handling the herdsmen’s attacks with maturity and stopping reprisals.
Okorocha said the government and people of Enugu State exhibited uncommon restraint, adding: “If it were elsewhere, the story would have been different.”
The governor noted that though the invaders of Nimbo were common criminals, the incident should not be seen as an ethno-religious attack.
He said: “A criminal in Borno State is the same thing with a criminal in Enugu State or any other state.”
Okorocha philosophised that “death is death and very painful, but it is most painful if it is man-made”.
The Imo governor told Ugwuanyi that political differences pale out in matters of death.
“We are APC governors and you are in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). But in death, there is no party. That is why we are here to commiserate with you,” he said.
Okorocha said the APC governors were also in Enugu to display the need for Nigeria’s unity.
The governor urged all to always think of the nation’s unity. He said the Nimbo attack would not happen again anywhere in Nigeria.
Shettima likened Ugwuanyi’s maturity to that of the late first President of Nigeria, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, who always called for peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.
He said the perpetrators were criminals who could be found in any part of the country.
Ugwuanyi thanked his guests for commiserating with him and his people.
The governor described the visit as heart-warming.
He said his administration had set up a judicial panel of enquiry on the attack and as well established Neighbourhood Watch to prevent future attacks.