Why We visited South East, South-South States, Northern Governors reveal

by on September 20, 2017

Following last week’s dis­ruptive military opera­tions in the South-East and bloody skirmishes with members of the Indigenous People of Bia­fra (IPOB), Northern governors on peace mission to the zone and parts of South-South have invit­ed their counterparts from the South-East to visit their states to interact with Igbo communities as a means of promoting peace and communal harmony.

Chairman of Northern Gov­ernors Forum and Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima announced this after he led a delegation of five governors on an advocacy visit to Rivers, Abia and Imo states to promote peace.

“The visit will afford them the opportunity to assess first hand, efforts made by their col­leagues in the North to prevent escalation of the recent crisis in Abia. It will also reaffirm the need for all Nigerians to feel safe in all parts of the country irre­spective of their ethnic or reli­gious inclination,” he said.

During the visits to Port Harcourt, Umuahia and Ower­ri, Shettima commended the host governors for the resolute man­ner they handled the IPOB im­broglio.

According to Shettima, “We want to thank you for the lead­ership you have shown in diffi­cult times. As leaders, we all have critical roles to play in enhancing peace and unity of this nation.

“We have visited all these states to show solidarity and to encourage you our brothers. You rose to the occasion when faced with difficulties. Your ac­tions, collectively and individu­ally, have given hope that Nige­ria will rise above any challenge to its unity.

“We all owe it a duty to the black race to make Nigeria work.”

Addressing members of the Northern community in Abia, Shettima urged them to contin­ue to be law-abiding and respect the norms and traditions of their host communities.

He added that adequate ar­rangements have been made by the government and security agencies for their safety.

In their various remarks, Governors Nyesom Wike of Riv­ers, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia and Rochas Okorocha of Imo, com­mended the Northern Gover­nors for the visit.

They urged the federal gov­ernment to promote unity by ensuring all parts of the country have a sense of belonging.

They said when issues of se­curity are on the table, political and other interests should take the back seat.

They all commended the Northern Governors for ensur­ing that the crisis did not spill over to other parts of the coun­try, saying their visit will go a long way to reassure citizens that their leaders have not aban­doned them.

“Your visit here has increased my faith in the unity of Nigeria. By coming here, it has shown that the strings that bind us is still holding firm,” Governor Ik­peazu noted.

The Northern Gover­nors in the Shettima delegation were Aminu Masari of Katsina, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, Ati­ku Bagudu of Kebbi and Simon Lalong of Plateau.


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