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Northern Govs End Visit To South-East, South-South; Want Host Governors To Reciprocate Gesture | The Precision

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The Northern Governors during their visit to Rivers state
 
Northern
governors have invited their counterparts from the South-east to visit
their states to interact with Igbo communities as a means of promoting
peace and communal harmony among various groups in the country.
Chairman
of Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Borno State, Kashim
Shettima announced this after he led a delegation of five governors on
an advocacy visit to Rivers, Abia and Imo states to promote peace.
“The
visit will afford them the opportunity to assess first hand, efforts
made by their colleagues in the North to prevent escalation of the
recent crisis in Abia. It will also reaffirm the need for all Nigerians
to feel safe in all parts of the country irrespective of their ethnic or
religious inclination,” he said.
During the
visits to Port Harcourt, Umuahia and Owerri, Shettima commended the host
governors for the resolute manner they handled the IPOB imbroglio.
“We
want to thank you for the leadership you have shown in difficult times.
As leaders, we all have  critical roles to play in enhancing peace and
unity of this nation.
“We have visited all
these states to show solidarity and to encourage you our brothers. You
rose to the occasion when faced with difficulties. You actions,
collectively and individually, have given hope that Nigeria will rise
above any challenge to its unity.
“We all owe it a duty to the Black race to make Nigeria work,” he added.
 
 
Addressing
members of the Northern community in Abia, Shettima urged them to
continue to be law-abiding and respect the norms and traditions of their
host communities.
He added that adequate arrangements have been made by the government and security agencies for their safety.
In
their various remarks, Governors Nyesom WIke of Rivers, Okezie Ikpeazu
of Abia and Rochas Okorocha of Imo, commended the Northern Governors for
the visit.
They urged the federal government to promote unity by ensuring all parts of the country have a sense of belonging.
 
They said when issues of security are on the table, political and other interests should take the back seat.
They
all commended the Northern Governors for ensuring that the crisis did
not spill over to other parts of the country, saying thei visit will go a
long way to reassure citizens that their leaders have not abandoned
them.
“Your visit here has increased my faith
in the unity of Nigeria. By coming here, it has shown that the strings
that bind us is still holding firm,” Governor Ikpeazu noted.
The
Northern Governors in Shettima’s delegation were Aminu Masari of Katsina,
Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi and Simon Lalong of
Plateau.

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