First Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amechi on Wednesday appealed to those behind the senseless killings in Anambra state and the entire Southeast to give peace a chance.
He said continued violence in the state would affect smooth conduct of the forthcoming governorship election, including scaring voters away from the state.
Speaking in a chat with newsmen in his Ukpor country home in Nnewi South local government area of the state, the elderstateman who lost his wife last July, also urged the agitators to sheathe their swords to enable him bury his wife in a peaceful environment.
He said, “I am personally worried by the high level of violence and killings which started from about our Independence day particularly in Anambra state for two reasons.
“One is that it will scare away voters in the scheduled governorship election and the other is that it may adversely affect the funeral and burial of my wife on October 28.”
The nonegenrian explained that he had initiated a move to bring about real and lasting peace and reconciliation, expressing optimism that peace and reconciliation was near if those concerned would respond and cooperate.
He added, “I’m doing this as a political father of the nation and in fulfillment of a role which God expect me to play for sparing my life this long. I appeal to whoever may be responsible for this senseless killings and destructions to please drop their weapons for you never win peace with the gun.
“As true sons and daughters of Africa, you have the inherent respect for the elders. I ask you, whoever you are to put a stop to this violence and let me bury my wife in peace and for the Anambra election to be held.
“If you scare away voters and only 5,000 voters cast their votes, INEC will pronounce the winner and he will be sworn in to rule you for the next four years whether you like it or not.”