Extend Whistle Blowing To Mansions In Abuja, Lagos, Others – Benue Chief

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    By; Gabriel Udeh, Kaduna

    Nigerians irrespective of tribes and religion have been asked to unite in support of the anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammad Buhari to recover the country’s looted funds.

    President Buhari has also been advised to extend whistle blowing to individuals with mansions in Abuja as owners of those edifices looted the country’s common wealth, with instances of $43 million discovered in abandoned Lagos Tower building,
    The newly elected President General, Ufia Kingdom, Utonkon,  Chief Eje Vincent Uloko who made the call in an interview with journalists in Kaduna, said Buhari should be encouraged and supported to recover the looted funds to develop the country.
    Chief Uloko who was elected in April in his home town at Utonkon, Ado Local Government Area of Benue State, said that funds recovered should be utilised to build new and revive the ailing industries to affect the lives of the masses.
    Uloko who is also the Oodojo of Ado, Kaduna, said “Kaduna State was booming with a lot of employment and job opportunities from the textiles industries in the 60s when they came to the state.
    “289 million dollars can turn Kaduna into London, but somebody is hidding some money in his or her cupboard till it rottens. I’ll advise that they should not go for cash whistle blowers alone but for anybody who has mansions in Abuja, how do those people have such money?
    “Now there are no textile industries, people are suffering, dying of hunger, poverty and lack of work. Families of collapsed industries sold their lands and houses.  Their children and women have all gone down due to hardship,” he lamented.
    The oil business man noted that his new responsibility as a community leader, has tasked him with the responsibility of bringing about peace, unity, new development, settle disputes, communal issues, among others, promising to interface with Benue State Government to empower Ufia youth through schools.
    “We will pay courtesy call on our Royal father, the Ochi’Idoma Abutu Obekpa, the Deputy Governor and Governor of Benue State respectively, to draw government’s attention to the absence of Federal and State government projects in Ufia Kingdom. Census puts at 48 per cent, population of entire people of Ado local government,” he assured.
    While expressing displeasure over the consistent attacks and killings in different communities in Benue State by herdsmen, Uloko described the search carried out on Catholic Bishop’s house for ammunition as unfair and barbaric, saying such searches couldn’t have been dared on a mosque or Chief Imam’s residents.
     “They could have done well by inviting him for interview, it would have been better. They went and searched his house, according to what I read in the papers, even when herdsmen are moving about with AK47 openly, and nobody harassed them. This are the kind of things that  people  are not happy with, the way things are going on at the federal level,” he said.
    He however stated that even though Ufia people have no issues with Fulani because they had always played maturity instead of force in dealing with issues concerning herdsmen.
    Uloko stressed that as predominantly farmers, any attempts to distroy crops by cattle is suicidal, and would be highly resisted by Ufia  people, urging federal government to find lasting solutions to farmer-herdsmen classes.
    He enjoined Ufia people, all over the world, to close ranks with their Idoma brothers despite the slight dialectical differences.
    The  new President General noted that the closeness was examplified by their son, HRH late Edwin Ogbu, while in throne as Ochi’Idoma, as well as the immediate past President General and former Chief Judge of Plateau State, late Justice Uloko, respectively.
    On appointments, Uloko noted that the outcries show that federal government was not fair enough, urging it to give every section of the country a sense of belonging by giving priority to merit instead of being lopsided.
    He pointed out that Eleme Petrochemical Company, Fertiliser Plants and other ailing companies recuperated immediately foreign hands were brought on board, calling for changes of attitude of Nigerians towards managing industries especially steel company.

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