Obasanjo on campaign trail, warns against political violence

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Tuesday condemned the political killings in Owerri, capital of the south-eastern Imo State, as he took his campaign for re-election to the south-east zone of the country.
"It is [an issue] that is heartbreaking for me," Obasanjo said while addressing a huge crowd of supporters at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in the Imo capital.
Two prominent politicians in the state, Ogbonnaya Uche of the main opposition All Nigeria People's Party (ANPP) and Emeka Agwatu, a Principal Secretary to Imo governor Achike Udenwa, have been killed by unknown gunmen in the past few weeks.
The killings have thrown the normally serene state into confusion, ahead of April's general elections, and have raised fears that the polls could be marred by violence.
Obasanjo condemned the killings and restated his administration's preparedness to ensure the safety of lives and property across the country, noting: "we will do whatever it takes to carry out that responsibility.
" The Nigerian leader vowed that government would fish out the killers, and urged the crowd to observe a minute's silence in honour of the dead before proceeding with his campaign.
It was the third leg of Obasanjo's campaign, which kicked off in Makurdi, central Benue State 14 February, and proceeded to Port Harcourt, capital of the south-eastern Rivers State, the following day.

25 february 2003 16:18:00




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