Former presidential candidate Peter Obi has decried the high level of insecurity in Nigeria.
His outburst followed the discovery of 80 bodies, including 20 headless ones, and countless skeletons in Abia State.
Abia State Governor Alex Otti had raised the alarm recently that the corpses were discovered by security operatives during a raid of the forest around the Lokpanta Cattle Market in the Umunneochi axis of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway.
In a riposte, Mr Obi said it was reflective of the worsening insecurity plaguing Nigeria.
“This level of barbarism and extremely cruel acts only reflects how insecure our environment has been. It unearths how insecurity has continued to ravage many parts of the country, taking innocent lives and killing the economy,” Obi lamented via X on Thursday.
He praised Otti for “taking such a bold step against insecurity in the state. This is highly emulatable.”
Obi recalled facing a similar situation in 2013 as governor of Anambra State.
He said, “I was accompanying President Goodluck Jonathan to an official engagement outside the country when I received the sad report of about 35 decomposing bodies floating on Ezu River, Anambra.
“I had to leave everything to rush back to the state to attend to the situation and ensure that order was restored in the vicinity. Investigation was immediately commenced, with autopsies conducted, before the Federal Government took over the process and asked the state government to hands off.”
Obi encouraged governments at all levels to prioritise security of life and property, stating that it was the primary duty of any government to key to meaningful development.