–      says state records highest number of “wannabe” journalists

Hon Tony Nwulu, the Aboh Mbaise born representative of Oshodi/Isolo Federal Constituency 2, in the lower chamber of the National Assembly between 2015 and 2019, has called on Governor Hope Uzodinma to soften his stance on the detention of Ambrose Nwogwugwu, Director General of PDP new media and urgently embark on the education, sensitization, reorientation and empowerment of youths to enable them contribute positively to the development of the society, instead of being left as willing tools in the hands of unpatriotic and disgruntled politicians who arm and use them to heat up the polity, blackmail and unleash mayhem on their opponents.

Hon Nwulu, who was the governorship candidate of the United Progressive Party (UPP) in the state, in a video he sent to the Governor, noted that Nwogwugwu who is presently being detained by the Department of State Security (DSS) for allegedly making inciting and defamatory statements on line is not the real problem of Imo State.

The former legislator who was also the proponent of the “Not too young to run” law that waived the age barrier for Nigerian youths aspiring for elective positions said “I congratulate the Governor who inherited a decayed system for embarking on the immediate rehabilitation of roads and overhauling of the institutions of governance but regret that, he did not set up machinery for creating jobs and empowering the youths who were for so long neglected, frustrated and abandoned by successive governments. Imo State has abundant youthful human capital who have in the absence of decent opportunities and enabling environment resorted to engaging in online “warfare” while claiming “WANNABE” Journalists for politicians who give them peanuts, while their peers in other states with the assistance of their governments engage in creative and productive ventures that impact on the society”.

Continuing he said, “I implore you as the father of the state, to tamper justice with mercy, by seeing and treating Nwogwugwu as your son who has erred. I also urge you to feel the pulse of all segments of the society, especially the youths and empower them to contribute meaningfully towards enhancing the fortunes of the state. We all know how Governor Okorocha in his eight (8) year tenure, brainwashed, armed and turned the youths into touts who terrorized and unleashed mayhem on people, whose only crime was holding or expressing different views. Hence successive governments in the state should be held responsible for the bad conduct of our youths”.

He called on the Governor to ignore some of those in the corridors of power, urging him to deal ruthlessly with Nwogwugwu, because, “they are sycophants who lack the guts and courage to tell you the truth”.