South-South, South-East Governors Worried Over Growing Agitations

Governors for the South South and South East under the aegis of the South-South South-East Governors forum on Sunday night met in Owerri, the Imo state capital expressing worry over growing agitations in the country.

The governors during the meeting which lasted till midnight back Nigeria’s indivisibility status and deliberate on what will foster unity and development in the region.

The chairman of the forum, Akwa Ibom State Governor Emmanuel Udom said the forum is concerned by the calls for a breakaway by some leaders adding that it is a worrying development.

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“This forum is also concerned with the voices that are calling for self determination from some sections of our dear country. We are worried about the state of the nation which has given rise to growing agitations from all over the country. From the North to the South, East and West.

“Also of concern are the issues of justice, fairness, and equity which many believe are in deficit in our country,” he said.

Udom also said the forum irrespective of political differences have come together chat a new course that will foster economic interest and integration for the region and member states.

Governors present at the meeting include Abia State, Okezuo Ikpeazu, Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, Cross River State, Bennedict Ayade, Bayalsa State, Seriaki Dickson, Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and the Deputy governor of Anambra state.

 

NLC Calls For Selfless Leadership, Unity

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NLC President, Ayuba Wabba

Leadership that is selfless and committed to improved living conditions for workers may be what is needed for Nigerian to live in peace and harmony.

The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr Ayuba Waba, said this at a workshop in Abuja organised as part of activities to mark Nigeria’s 57th Independence Anniversary.

At the event, Mr Waba attributed recent agitations for self-determination to corruption and selfishness of some political leaders.

He said, “In almost six decades of national independence, we are not where we ought to be as a country. As we celebrate 57 years of Political Independence, those qualities of selfless service are very much needed in today’s contemporary Nigeria.

“As Nigerians, we must continue to have confidence in ourselves. As citizens, build bridges of peace and unity instead of indulging in hatred and constant promotion of separatism agitation.”

While criticising those who promote separatists agitations, the labour leader, alongside other speakers asked the government to address the cause of those agitations.

National Unity: I Have No Fear About Agitations, Says Gowon

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Former Military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (retd), has expressed optimism that Nigeria will remain one indivisible nation despite its diversity.

The former president made the declaration at the 50th-anniversary celebration of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Ibadan.

Gen. Gowon expressed confidence that the present generation would do all within its power to restore glory and dignity to the country.

He dismissed the calls for cessation by some groups in the country as mere agitations that cannot stand. He added that the strength of the Nigerian nation lies in its diversity and called on the youth not to allow themselves to be used as willing tools of discord.

He said, “I have such confidence in Nigeria and I have such confidence in the youths of this country that they will make sure that they take over and do better than what we left for them.

“I have no fear about all these rantings, etcetera. I have confidence in all of you that you will make sure that you keep this country going and even make it greater. Our diversity is our greatest source of unity and strength.”

Britain Has Nothing To Do With Agitations For Secession – High Commissioner

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright on the agitation for the state of Biafra.

The British envoy in very clear terms dissociated the British authorities from any form of agitation saying that Britain is in support of the unity of Nigeria and also supports the Nigerian government.

Mr Arkwright was speaking in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital on Friday when he visited the speaker of the state house of assembly.

He said Nigeria is important to Britain and that his country strongly believes in one Nigeria.

“We have nothing to do with any agitation aimed at the break-up of Nigeria. We strongly support the unity of Nigeria. We strongly support the Federal Government and that is the position the British government has held consistently,” he said.

“So, we have absolutely no interest in stirring up any agitation and anybody who claims that the British government is involved in any way in any of that is completely wrong.”

Corrupt People Are Behind Boko Haram, Agitations In Nigeria – Magu

Corrupt People Are Behind Boko Haram, Agitations In Nigeria – MaguThe Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu has said that the Boko Haram insurgency and recent agitations in Nigeria are being funded by corrupt people in the country.

Magu who stated this at a town hall meeting with Civil Society groups in Kano State noted that the fight against corruption is a fight for the survival of Nigeria.

The meeting was organised to develop new strategies which would make the fight against corruption more effective and also bridge the gap to reach out even to the grassroots.

The EFCC boss said: “I think corruption is the cause of all these agitations. Corrupt people are the ones behind most of these agitations and even the insurgency of the Boko Haram and the Niger Delta militants are all fundamental causes of these things and you can trace it to corrupt practices. They are funded by looters who stole our money and are using the stolen money to divide our people”.

He urged Nigerians to be more united against ethnic, religious or political affiliations, stressing that “righteousness will continue to win over evil no matter how long”.

“We need journalists more than any other professionals in the fight against corruption. If we really want to fight corruption and if journalists really key into the fight, we would finish it in less than one year,” Magu added.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Southern Kaduna Union Condemn Agitations

Ohaneze Ndigbo And Kaduna Leaders Meet, Condemn AgitationsThe Ohanaeze Ndigbo in the 19 northern states and the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union have condemned the agitation for secession from Nigeria by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The group made the disapproval on Wednesday at a consultative meeting in Kaduna State, North-West Nigeria.

They also condemned the recent quit notice ultimatum issued to Igbos living in the North by some Arewa youth groups.

The groups noted that what the aggrieved persons should have done instead was to ask for the implementation of the report of the 2014 National Conference.