The Cross River State Calabar Leader of Igbo community, Chief Chris Nonso said that the abduction of Igbo businesss men by money making kidnappers had not stopped or reduced in the State.
On a courtesy visit to the former Minister of Culture, Tourism and Orientation, All Progressives Congress (APC), governorship aspirant, High Chief Edem Duke in Calabar, Cross River State. Chief Nonso, who led a delegation of Igbo residents on the visit wondered why kidnappers would not leave his kinsmen alone.
Earlier this year 20 Igbo traders, medical doctors, transporters another others were abducted in 6 months which led the Calabar Investors, traders, chiefly of Igbo ethnic stock, at Calabar capital of Cross River State relocate their businesses and families to neighboring Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital and their home states.
Traders task Governor Ayade,
“Some of our businesses are almost on the verge of collapse, a situation which has forced some of our brothers to relocate to other states.”
“We know that politicians hardly keep to whatever promises they make, but for the fact that we have known you in the last 21 years, and have not found you wanting, we take you by your words,” the Igbo leader told the APC governorship aspirant.”
Chief Nonso called on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) administartion which is being led by Governor Ben Ayade to rise to the challenge and rescue the Igbos, otherwise they would prepare to relocate to other states for safety.
In fact, some big companies, including Nigeria Botttling Company, NBC, Nigeria Breweries, NBL and Coca-Cola have closed down their depot offices in Calabar and moved over to Uyo over supposed insecurity.
Several Igbo people had been abducted and are made to pay huge ransoms although the menace had been reduced but pockets of kidnapping were on-going, Chief Nonso stated.
Time to guarantee the Igbos safety the APC governorship aspirant said in response:
“The time has come when all Igbo business men in the state should be given maximum protection to put an end to the incessant kidnapping of Igbos residing in Calabar and beyond.”
“Your contributions are immeasurable. And i as a business man and a past president of the Calabar Chambers of Commerce, Industries Mines and Agriculture, i understand and recognize the challenges that you face in your business.”
“I want you to know that there is an aspirant that has your interest at heart. An interest that wills secure your businesses, an interest that will secure your safety, an interest that will ensure that your children grow within this environment and become shining example to others.”
“As a people who have been making tremendous contributions towards the economic advancement of Cross River, i will do everything within the ambit of the law to ensure that life and property of Igbos is given maximum protection and attention,” this he assured.