- Governor Udom Emmanuel has blamed most part of Nigeria's current problems on the country's elite
- The Akwa Ibom state governor stated that the Nigerian elites stoke hatred between one part and another
- The governor, however, warned that lack of justice will only further alienate some Nigerians and weaken the bond in the land
The governor stated this on Thursday, November 4 while delivering a lecture at the Arewa Media Interactive and Development Forum held at Arewa House Kaduna.
He said the country must rise to this reality and fortify those foundations with the bricks of faith, patriotism, and love, adding that Nigeria needs new foundations to confront the challenges of today.
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“For decades, the drumbeats of our nation have filled and seared the ears about the fragility of our unity and the elasticity of the tolerance of our diversity.
“Some have prophesied the imminent demise of our nation, so many scenarios depicting the coming armageddon have been pushed, prognosticated, and predicted. But in all of these, our nation still remains intact.
“Though the contours of our unity may not be straight, though the lines of development may be zigzag, the tone and tenor of our discourse discordant and divergent, but the soul, the spirit, and the identity of our nation remain sacrosanct.”
He regretted that efforts of some founding fathers at laying a solid foundation for national unity and cohesion have been destroyed, lamenting that what we see nowadays is a country where ethnic champions drive the narrative.
Governor Emmanuel warned that Nigerians cannot afford to run a country where some parts feel marginalised or left out of the scheme of things, noting that it is a potent threat to the unity of the country.
“We must ensure that there is equity and justice and that no part of the country is made to feel less of itself as this will definitely not augur well for our union.”
Udom Emmanuel calls for collaborative efforts in maintaining peace in Nigeria
Recall that Governor Emmanuel recently advocated for collaborative efforts beyond notable differences as the much-needed panacea to advance and achieve sustainable peace, social cohesion, and hope in Nigeria.
The governor stated this at the Inclusive Security Dialogue Retreat at the Airlie Conference Centre, Warrenton, Virginia, United States of America.
He said the current reality in Nigeria is one that urgently seeks leadership with the moral authority to navigate the country out of the muddy waters of self-destruction and disintegration.
Udom Emmanuel, symbol of peace, unity, justice, says Lawan
Meanwhile, the President of the Nigerian Senate, Dr. Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan has described Governor Emmanuel as Nigeria's true symbol of peace unity, justice, and progress.
According to Dr. Lawan, Akwa Ibom is blessed to have Emmanuel as the governor at a time like this, adding that the federal government has noted the governor's sincerity of purpose and commitment to the economic development of the state.
Speaking on Tuesday, October 5 at Ikot Ekpene while performing the inauguration of the 25km Uyo-Ikot Ekpene road completed by the Emmanuel-led administration, the Senate President said he was marveled at the development strides recorded in the state.