A renowned Nigerian industrialist and Chief Executive Officer of Chikason Group of Companies, Chief Alex Chika Okafor, has regretted the worrisome state of insecurity and targeted attacks on security personnel and their formations in the Southeast.
He said the development especially in Anambra state posed serious threat to economic development and sustenance of achievements of the Willie Obiano administration in the security sector.
Okafor spoke while hosting the organizing Committee for the Anambra Achievers Legacy Award (ANALEG) led by Rev. Dr. John Ndubuisi, Chairman All Christians Businessmen’s Fellowship and immediate past Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Anambra State.
He decried that the insecurity in the state might increase youth unemployment and undermine the drive for investment, urging security agencies to increase their intelligence in order to arrest the apparent resurgence of criminal activities in the state.
“Anambra State is the heartland of the South East, hence any threat to its economy is a threat to the economic development of the South East Zone,” he added.
On the forthcoming Anambra governorship election, Okafor warned against thuggery and religious politics which he said would not help the emergence of the best person for the position.
“The state electorate should assess the candidates by their individual capabilities and take away religious politics for the state.
“The best candidates had not always won elections; therefore, all hands be on deck to enthrone a credible person as the next governor of the State,” he stressed.
While urging the elders in the state not to be partisan, the industrialist advised the youth to resist being used to perpetrate electoral fraud during the election.
Earlier, spokesman of Anambra Achievers Legacy Award Committee,
Alpha Justice said the visit was to convey the nomination of the industrialist as patron of ANALEG as well as one of the recipients of this year’s Akululu Uno Amaka Award by the organization.
He said, “ANALEG is an offshoot of the Igbo leaders of thought General Assembly, registered for recognition of excellence in public life, with Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, former Governor of Anambra State as National leader and Justice Anthony Igu, former Justice of the Supreme Court as National patron.
He said Okafor’s nomination was in recognition of his pedigree as an eminent individual of noble cause, who had remained exceptionally reliable and dependable, a great philanthropist and employer of labour.
“You have distinguished yourself in your field and discipline as a critical thinker on nation building. We applaud your ingenuity, good sense of patriotism and benevolence which have greatly endeared you to many, and as an opinion leader, a think home philosopher, who has demonstrated the Akululu Uno Amaka matra in practical terms.
“As our patron and Awardee, we expect that you positively impact on the lives of the people and sacrifice time, talent and resources for the general development of Anambra state in particular and humanity in general,” he added.
According to Alpha, the Anambra Achievers Legacy Award was being organized as part of activities by the ANALEG to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the creation of Anambra State adding that 30 exceptional indigenous achievers will be honoured at the event.
Also speaking, Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Anambra State, Sir Emmanuel Ifesinachi, thanked Chief Okafor for his industry and resourcefulness and solicited his support towards the realization of the objectives of ANALEG.
The ANALEG delegation included Bishop Dr. Michael Chukwudum, Chairman, indigenous Pentecostal Members Association, Rev. Dr. John Ndubuisi, immediate past Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria and Emma Udeagha, Secretary NUJ among others.