Former Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme has lent his voice to the controversy over the relocation of some Boko Haram detainees to Ekwulobia Prisons in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.
He said that the plan to relocate them to the South East was initiated during the era of the former President Goodluck Jonathan. He made this confirmation at Aguluzigbo, Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State during the end of tenure Thanksgiving Ceremony of Chief Victor Umeh as the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). “I am aware that the plan of bringing Boko Haram detainees to Aguata prisons in Ekwulobia came up a while ago and there was reasonable protest to the then President Jonathan against it and he dropped the plan. I was out of the country when I heard that Boko Haram detainees were brought to Aguata Prisons in Ekwulobia, Anambra State. I started wondering how the idea of bringing them to the South East and my local government area came up again after the people thought the matter has been rested.I am sure the new President must have seen the records and proposal and decided to implement it, but since there was initial protest against the relocation of the detainees to the South East, I’m sure President Buhari will do something to assuage the feelings of the people of the South East,” he said.
Ekwueme also said that he would not passing judgment on the President Buhari’s delay in appointing his cabinet because “every leader has his leadership style, everybody will not approach that exalted office with the same style. You have to watch and assess each person based on his style. The important thing is that we get the right result.”
He explained that what is important is that Nigerians enjoy peace, prosperity, unity, and better quality of life. “So, I wish the President well in running the affairs of Nigeria. I cannot start assessing his performance now, it is too early,” he said.