Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged Nigerians not to compromise the country’s unity as its strength lay in citizens’ collective bond.
Okowa made the call in his remark at a state banquet in honour of members of Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures at their 2021 Second Quarter General Meeting in Asaba, on Saturday.
He said that the country was facing serious challenges that required leaders to preach hope to the people and ensure that the unity of the nation was not breached.
He stated that there was need for dialogue on how to ensure fairness and equity in the governance of the country.
According to Okowa, there is need for leaders to give hope to the people because if the leaders begin to lose hope in the nation, the followers will be in trouble.
He stated that at critical times as was currently prevailing in the country, people in sensitive positions, including Speakers of legislatures, were required to truly help to build the nation.
“In very trying times such as this, we must ensure that we continue to give hope to our people and that we continue to do the very little that we can even in our various constituencies because a little hope can encourage those who would have felt helpless.
“We need to continue to pray for our country, Nigeria and we need to realise that the unity of this country is important to us all and that everything that ought to be done we will continue to stay focused in doing those things that will keep this country united.
“There are so many things that ought to be discussed, but we are not discussing yet; there is a need for a true dialogue even when people tend to misconstrue it when we speak about dialogue.
“It’s not about coming to quarrel, it’s about protecting the inside of us so that we can become greater brothers for the future and I think that it’s important we understand that when we speak that it’s not about division but about unity,” he said.
Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures, Rt Hon. Abubakar Suleiman, commended Governor Okowa for his passion in the development of Delta.
In separate remarks, Speakers of Houses of Assembly of Enugu, Kogi, Ogun, Katsina and Taraba all commended Governor Okowa for his outstanding accomplishments in Delta and urged him to continue in his service to the state and country.
They stressed that the Governor had exemplified and demonstrated that the principles of separation of power could be sustained without one man lording it over others.
“You are indeed a role model and we have seen vision in you and we know that God will reward you for your great services to your state and country,” they said.
The host Speaker and Deputy Chairman of the Conference, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, thanked Governor Okowa for agreeing to host the conference.