Pro-Biafra Protest: Northern And Eastern Traditional Rulers Meet In Owerri

biafraRepresentatives of the Northern Council of Traditional Rulers and their south-east counterparts have met in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, to discuss the prolonged protests and agitations for the state of Biafra, among other issues confronting the nation.

While receiving the delegation at the Government House in Owerri, Governor Rochas Okorocha reiterated that Nigeria would remain united, no matter the challenges being faced at the moment.

He assured Nigerians that in no distant time, the agitation for the State of Biafra will be addressed accordingly.

The delegation was led by Etsu Nupe, Yahaya Abubakar, who is the Chairman of the coordinating committee, National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, and the Emir of Gumi, Justice Lawal Aliyu Gumi, who is the co-coordinating committee Chairman of Northern States Council of Traditional Rulers.

The Emir of Lafia, Mustapha Agwai, Emir of Fika, Abali Mohammadu and Gwom Gwom Jos, Buba Gyang were also part of the team.

Mr Abubakar noted that the visit was at the instance of His Eminence, Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, who is the Chairman of the Northern Council of Traditional Rulers, to discuss the agitation by pro-Biafra groups and also find out the truth about the rumour that there was crisis in the leadership of the South-east Council of Traditional Rulers.

He maintained that the protection of the nation’s unity should remain paramount in the minds of all Nigerians, irrespective of their differences.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the South-East council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Ebere Dick, who led other south east traditional rulers, the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, Eze Agunwa Ohiri, Chairman, Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers and Eze Agom Eze, Chairman, Ebonyi State Council of Traditional Rulers, said the meeting was a step towards the right direction, as it would help unite traditional institutions in Nigeria and beyond.

Nigeria Seeks N62Billion World Bank Fund To Tackle Erosion In South-East

President Goodluck Jonathan has revealed that the federal government is negotiating for a N62billion ($400million) special fund from the World Bank to tackle the menace of erosion in the South East.

President Jonathan made this known while speaking to a delegation of the South East Council of Traditional Rulers, who paid him a visit on Monday.

“We are getting $400million, a special fund from the World Bank, to tackle the erosion in the South East. This is apart from the line votes in the budget for checking erosion” he stated.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity; Dr Reuben Abati, stated that “President Jonathan expressed personal pain and sadness at the loss of lives and property due to the activities of Boko Haram, but assured the delegation that Government was working hard to bring the security challenges to an end, pointing to the police helicopters and equipment he commissioned earlier in the day as part of the Administration’s efforts to enhance the security agencies.”

Constitutional role for traditional rulers

The President said federal roads in the country were receiving necessary attention, while the Enugu Airport would handle international flights after its transformation.

Responding to a request for a constitutional role for traditional rulers in the country, President Jonathan said, “I believe in an advisory role for traditional rulers. This was one of my campaign promises, and I am consulting with the National Assembly on this.”

The President thanked the South East Council of Traditional Rulers and people of the zone for supporting him.

Earlier, the Obi of Obinugwu and Chairman of the South East Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Dr. Cletus Ilomuanya, said the people of the South East were worried about the slow pace of rehabilitation work on roads in the zone, threats to lives by erosion, and the activities of Boko Haram, and were pleading for the President’s intervention.

He also expressed concern at the killing of Igbos in parts of the country, and the need for a constitutional role for traditional rulers in the country.