The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has expressed outrage over the gruesome murder of a renowned medical practitioner and director of St. Leo’s Hospital , Enugu, Dr. Chike Akunyili and other residents of Anambra State by yet-to- be-identified gunmen.
The minister also called on security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the killings in the state.
In a condolence message to the government and the people of Anambra State, Ngige said, “The murder of Dr Akunyili and others in what has lately become a killing field is an anomie and unmaking of the Igbo as a race beholden to an ultra-jealous credo of sanctity of life.
“While I stand entirely with the awe and grief-stricken people of Anambra State, beset lately by incessant killings which distort whom we are, it is auspicious again to beckon on all of us to look inwards and reinvent our Igboness; for what is trending, is certainly uncharacteristic.”
Ngige further added, “This strange cavalcade of shootings, strangely becoming a fashion is diminishing our hearth, and quietly moving us to the exact spot that we must never be. And time is now to advise ourselves about ourselves and save ourselves from ourselves.
“The stray, dark-colured goat is better tracked while the sun is bright over sky. Let’s use our toes to find the tiny object in the pool, our ancestors would advise!”
According to a statement on Thursday by Ngige Media Office, titled, ‘Ngige expresses outrage over killings in Anambra,’ the minister said the masterminds of the killings must be brought to justice.