Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha says Nigeria would overcome the security threat posed by the Boko Haram insurgency through a dialogue between government, religious and traditional rulers and other stakeholders in the country.
Governor Okorocha who stated this when he interacted with government,religious, community and political leaders in Gombe and Bauchi States, said the Boko Haram activities should not be politicized but confronted collectively by all stakeholders to save the nation from an imminent collapse.
Speaking earlier in Gombe, Governor Okorocha said:
“Nigeria is not a terrorist nation, suicide bombing and unnecessary bloodshed is alien to our culture and that’s exactly why all of us should come together to seek a permanent solution to this madness. The attack is neither targeted at Christians nor Muslims rather the nation by a group of disgruntled elements that is poised to destabilize Nigeria. Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba have remained as one in the entity called Nigeria and we as leaders should not allow sentiments to divide us” .
Governor Okorocha explained that his intention to visit northern states is to re-awake the spirit of oneness and build a bridge of peace among diverse ethnic groups in the country.
“I am here to build a bridge of peace and strengthen the unity that has existed between the Igbos and Hausas and Christians and Muslims counterparts on the other hand. The rumour peddled by some people asking Igbos to leave northern states should be dismissed” he said.
In Bauchi, Governor Okorocha maintained that dialogue and effective communication between the leaders and the people would go a long way to address the challenges facing the nation.
“I am in Bauchi to dramatize the urgency for peace to reign in
Nigeria. We must not allow religious sentiment to divide us. The senseless and unwarranted killing of innocent Nigerians by this wicked group should be condemned by everyone as both Christianity and Islam do not preach violence. The unity and peaceful co-existence of Nigeria as an indivisible entity should not be compromised in whichever way” Governor Okorocha said.
He added that though tension had pervaded the South-East states over the killings in the north, the state governments have worked to ensure that there was no reprisal attack in the east.
In their separate speeches, Governor of Gombe and Bauchi States applauded the peace initiative of Governor Okorocha which they acknowledge would go a long way to douse tension in the nation.
Governor Dakwambo added that his administration had ensured that peace reigned in the state by relating closely with all the religious groups including non-indigenes whom he said have stake in his government.
Also in his speech, governor Yuguda said his counterpart from Imo State has demonstrated a unique move which other governors would emulate to promote a united Nigeria.
He described the unwarranted killings as the handiwork of agents of doom whose mission is to destabilize the country.
Governor Yuguda stated that his administration does not discriminate against any group or religion, adding that the status of non-indigenes has been abolished in Bauchi state.
Governor Okorocha however inspected some on-going projects in Bauchi and commissioned a road named after him by Governor Isa Yuguda.
The governor was accompanied in the trip by Chairman Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Sam Ohiri, Special Adviser on Political Affairs, Nze P.C. Onuoha and other top government officials.
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