Gulak’s killing meant to set Northerners against Ndigbo – Akeredolu
The Chairman, Southern Governors Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu has said that the killers of former presidential aide, Ahmed Gulak plotted the killing to pitch northerners against Igbo people.
Akeredolu, who is the Governor of Ondo State, stated this in a statement titled, ‘Ahmed Gulak: A Killing Too Senseless And Wicked’.
He said that the killing “is calculated to instigate Nigerians against each other, particularly Northerners, against the Igbo living outside the South-East”.
The Herald had reported that Gulak was on his way to the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport when his Toyota Camry vehicle was attacked by unknown gunmen, who shot him dead.
Reacting to the incident, the Imo State Police Command said that the former presidential aide should have informed the police or sister agencies of his movements in view of the fragile security situation in the state.
“The news of the death of an APC chieftain and former Special Adviser on Political Matters in the last Administration, Ahmed Gulak, in Owerri, Imo State, this morning, is very shocking and disturbing.
“The details of the tragic incident remain sketchy. A press statement credited to the Imo State Police Command claimed that some bandits were responsible for the gruesome murder of a man who was a visitor to the State. This is unacceptable.
“This is one murder too many. It is senseless and wicked. The perpetrators of this heinous act are enemies of this country. This contrivance is meant to mislead, confuse and destroy. It bears the unmistakable, despicable imprints of fifth columnists bent on setting the country on the path of conflagration. These criminals must not be allowed to succeed.
“We want to use this medium to express our solidarity with our brother Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma. We admonish him and other Governors in the South Eastern States to brace up, and confront the current security challenge to put an end to the bloodbath in the land. The enemies of the people always employ the weapon of fear to create disaffection in the polity.
“This cowardly act is calculated to instigate Nigerians against each other, particularly Northerners, against the Igbo living outside the South East. We must confront the enemies of the people with a view to neutralizing them. This is definitely not the time for political correctness. Banditry should not be allowed to subvert the legitimacy of the current Government at all levels.
“We call on all security agencies to collaborate with a view to unveiling the criminal elements sponsoring and undertaking terrorist acts. they must be punished, severely.
“May the soul of our departed brother, Ahmed Gulak rest in perfect peace,” Akeredolu said.