The drama has trailed the transfer of Boko Haram prisoners to Anambra state as it was reported on Friday by Vanguard that Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano allegedly said that plans to move the prisoners was concluded in 2012 during Jonathan’s administration and former govern of the state, Peter Obi.
The report caused some controversy as former governor of the state, Peter Obi reacted to the news, saying that the allegation was a blatant lie.
Well, the whole issue has taken another turn as the governor, Willie Obiano said on Saturday that he never made such comment as stated by the news media regarding the situation.
In a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media, James Eze on Saturday, he said the cover story of Vanguard and Daily Independent on Friday, July 3, 2015, crediting him with some comments on the transfer of Boko Haram detainees to Ekwulobia Prisons in Anambra State was not true.
We wish to inform the general public that Governor Obiano never made any comments to these publications.
Since the eruption of this controversy, Governor Obiano’s position has been consistent. This is fully reflected in the two Press Statements issued on Sunday, June 28, 2015 and Wednesday July 1, 2015.
In both statements, his message was simple – he re-assured Ndi Anambra that he was on top of the situation and that he was speaking with the relevant authorities to achieve a peaceful resolution of the issue. Governor Obiano’s commitment to this extremely sensitive issue remains the same.
The Limit to Bitter Politics For the avoidance of doubt, Governor Willie Obiano is aware of the strong feelings provoked by Boko Haram among Ndi Anambra and the people of the South East. Therefore, he shall never use this subject of pain and anguish to play politics.
Those who are not held back by any moral considerations in their pursuit of power, cheap popularity and vendetta are free to play with the agony of the people for their narrow interests. But for Obiano, certain things are bigger than politics.
He therefore appeals to Ndi Anambra to go about their normal businesses while he continues to engage the relevant authorities on the matter.