Leaders of Thought from Nigeria’s South-East region are optimistic of a peaceful and united Nigeria despite hate speeches emanating from some quarters.
Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state stated this while fielding questions from State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with acting President Yemi Osinbajo.
The meeting was part of the acting president’s consultations with concerned leaders from the North and the South East over the recent exit notice issued to the Igbos resident in the North by a coalition of northern youths.
The meeting is not about IPOB. It is about the need for security of lives and property of Nigerians all over Nigeria and to stress the need for a united, honest, fair and equitable Nigeria,” Umahai, who spoke on behalf of the leaders.That was what the meeting was about.
It was a wonderful meeting and the message we are taking back is that there is hope for a united and peaceful Nigeria and everybody should work hard.
We emphasise the need for everybody to restrain from making hate statements.
We should be making statements that bind us together, statements of love, statements of unity, statements of hope and of course we should also work very hard.
On the right to agitate for better society, the governor said the meeting harped on the need for peaceful agitation.
Even you, you agitate, your wife agitates at home that the feeding money is not enough. So is the agitation for fundamental right. But it is the manner you go about it.
So, this is not an issue that cannot be resolved.’
Today's meeting, the 2nd in the series was with Leaders of Thought from the South East. As leaders we carry the burden to secure the peace.— Prof Yemi Osinbajo (@ProfOsinbajo) June 14, 2017