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JUST IN: Peter Obi condemns killing of retired Brigadier General, journalist in Abuja

Peter Obi, Labour Party presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections, has voiced strong condemnation over the recent murders of retired General UH Udokwere and journalist Joel Waksi, in Abuja.

Obi’s comments, made via his official X account, lamented over the critical lapses in Nigeria’s security apparatus and called for immediate and decisive action.

Udokwere was gruesomely murdered in his own home, while Joel Waksi, a journalist, was found dead after being declared missing for five days.

Obi described the incidents as a damning indictment of the government’s failure to protect its citizens.

His words: “The gruesome murders of General UH Udokwere (rtd) in his Abuja home and Joel Waksi, a fearless journalist, are a serious reminder of the failed state of our nation’s security apparatus.

“That these heinous crimes occurred in the seat of power, Abuja, against an Army General and in a journalist’s case, after being declared missing for five days, is a damning indictment of this government’s inability to protect citizens.

“The fact that General Udokwere was killed in his own home, and Joel just was murdered days after being declared missing, suggests a brazen disregard for human life and a complete failure of our security apparatus.

“I demand a comprehensive investigation into these murders and the immediate prosecution of those responsible.”

He urged citizens to rise and demand a better future for the country, rejecting the culture of violence and impunity that has become prevalent.

“We must build a Nigeria where citizens can live without fear of violence, where journalists can report the truth without fear of persecution, and where the government is accountable to the people,” he declared.

Paying tribute to the deceased, Obi assured that the deaths of Udokwere and Waksi would not be in vain and pledged that their murders would not go unresolved.

“Rest in power, General Udokwere and Joel Waksi. Your deaths will not go unresolved nor be in vain,” he concluded.

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