The Southern Senators Forum says it stands with Nigeria’s unity in the face of several agitations, especially that by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), for the actualisation of Biafra.
Recall that the forum’s activity was last noticed between 2006 and 2007 during the tenure of Ken Nnamani as President of the Senate. It had Sen. Ifeanyi Ararume as chairman.
Announcing the revival of the forum after its meeting at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja, Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, said that it was inevitable that the group re-emerged and existed.
He said that as lawmakers, they must get closer to the grassroots in order to provide them with the basic needs of life.
We must ensure that we take decisions that will enable us get closer to our people as we provide a shoulder they can lean on.
We are alive to our responsibilities. It is not just to pass Bills. We will take on topical issues that will alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians like security and creation of employment.
We will make Nigeria one.
According to him, there has always been the Northern Senators Forum while the Southern Senators Forum has just re-emerged in the 8th Senate.
When they take decisions from the North, we will also take decisions from the South and from there, we will have a united voice in order to consolidate on the unity of the country,” he said.
Akpabio announced that Sen. Hope Uzodinma (PDP-Imo) is the chairman of the forum, with Lanre Tejuosho as vice chairman. Other members in the executive committee are Sen. Mao Ohuabunwa (PDP-Abia), the publicity secretary; Sen. Duro Fasheyi, the Auditor and the only female member of the committee, Sen. Stella Oduah (PDP-Anambra), the welfare officer.topics from