Wednesday, November 25, 2015

ASATU clears air on Anambra vigilance law

National President of Anambra State Association of Town Unions, ASATU, Dr. Jude Okolo, yesterday explained the recent feud between traditional rulers and president-generals of various communities in the state with the recently passed Anambra Vigilante Law.

He disclosed this during a chat with journalists in his Government House office.

Okolo informed that the controversial law, which he said makes traditional rulers the chairmen of Community Vigilante Committee and President-Generals the secretary, created lots of confusion in various communities in the state, even as he blamed members of the state House of Assembly for the friction.

The Anambra state vigilante law 2014 passed by the House of Assembly emanated from the executive. It would be recalled that the ASATU national president had earlier led his entire members to the Speaker, Rita Maduagwu, to stop passage of the law which would entrust the security of the communities to the traditional rulers rather than the president-generals.

He however argued that the president-generals should have been made the executive vice-chairmen of the committee as that would keep the status of the traditional rulers sacrosanct, adding that it would have been more productive if the traditional rulers were made 'ceremonial chairmen.'

Responding to the agitations for the actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra and the unconditional release of Radio Biafra director, Nnamdi Kalu, by some youths despite court injunction to detain him for another 90 days, Okolo who served as vice-chairman in old Abakaliki Council Area of Ebonyi State suggested that the issue be handled tactfully.

He advised that effort should be made to bring those involved to a roundtable dialogue and eschew violence, calling on all Nigerians to learn how to resolve their problems through dialogue.

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