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APC governors condemn growing ethnic agitations


FILE PHOTO: APC Governors and President Buhari
FILE PHOTO: APC Governors and President Buhari


Governors elected on the platform of the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, have condemned recent ethnic-based calls for Nigeria to break up.
The governors made their position known Thursday in a statement issued by the director general of the Progressive Governors Forum, PGF, Salihu Lukman, in Abuja.
The statement said in line with the “social democratic principles” of the APC, the PGF promotes all-inclusive governments for the development of policies and programs that improve the lives of Nigerians, regardless of ethnicity and religious orientation.
“It is with this in mind that the Forum condemns in the strongest terms the present secessionist and separatist agitations promoting ethno-regional identity in the country. These sundry factional groups, claiming to represent different ethnic nationalities, sow seeds of disunity and promote secessionist agenda in the nation. We decry and reject their activities in all intents and purposes,” the governors said.
The governors said the resurgence of “desperate” youth groups promoting ethno-regional identities and extremist positions from the different geo-political zones across the nation is a reflection of prevalent weak governance, economy and law enforcement system in Nigeria.
“The challenge before us as Nigerians therefore is to commit ourselves to the unity of the country. We must create by all means necessary, a country that we can collectively call our home, irrespective of tongues and localities.
“This is a vision the APC as a party is committed to lead and for which the PGF is unapologetically and intrinsically loyal. These threats to national unity must cease totally and put away into history,” they said.
The governors said although Nigeria has challenges, they believed the resolution to the challenges rest with the development of the nation’s democracy and ” the ascendency of structured processes of national consultations, negotiations and invariably agreements”. Read more
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