authorities say normalcy has returned to the northern state of Bauchi after
days of sectarian violence. The clashes resulted in dozens of deaths and
extensive property damage. Officials say heavily armed troops took over
security in Bauchi City after the police were overpowered by rampaging
youths. The Red Cross and Red Crescent societies report thousands have been
displaced and many are seeking shelter in army barracks.
Obi, the governor of the southeastern state of Anambra, recently toured the
area. VOA English to Africa reporter Chinedu Offor asked his chief press
secretary, Mike Udah, what his boss thinks of the frequent religious clashes in
"He feels worried about the incessant
cases of violence, in the northern parts of the country in particular, and he
shares that feeling with his brother governors in the southeastern part of
Nigeria, namely Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo and Abia. Incidentally, at the moment he happens
to be the chairman of the Southeast Governors Forum, so all of them are worried
and he is particularly worried that every now and then we would have cases of
riots, most of the time with religious undertones."
Udah says Governor Obi's went to the areas
affected by the riots to determine what has to be done to help those displaced
by the fighting.
"Yes, in Jos, among other things, he
visited southeastern people who are residents of that city to commiserate with
them over the loss of lives and property which they suffered on account of the
recent violence there and then to tell them that the governors of the southeast
were deeply touched by their plight and would urge them to make sure that they
participate fully in the various enquiries that have been instituted with a
view to finding out cause of causes of the riots. He also pledged a donation on
behalf of the southeast governors."
says the administration, while not encouraging people to run away from the area
of conflict, is prepared to assist those who decide to relocate to the state.
"In Anambra State, Governor Obi is on top of the security. He is constantly
meeting with security operatives, the State Security Service, the police, the
army and, as I speak to you, there are no fears about reprisal attacks."