Leadership (Abuja)

29 January 2013

Nigeria: Obi Advises Nigerians to Stop Celebrating Criminals

Gov. Peter Obi of Anambra on Tuesday called on Nigerians to stop celebrating criminals and those embezzling public funds.

Obi, who is also the President of the South East Governors Forum, gave the advice at a meeting of the Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly (SNPA), held in Enugu.

The governor criticised a situation where people celebrate criminals as heroes, saying it was time for Nigerians to come together and fight for their rights.

He also called on members of the assembly to help to correct many of the wrongs in the country by coming together.

According to him, our country is drifting; let us do something to save the country because Nigeria belongs to all of us.

"Elders of the zone should insist that what is bad is bad even if it means losing their rights or privileges.

"The people of South East and South-South are one and will continue to work together in the overall interest of the country," he said.

The governor advised members of the assembly to tell those in authority the truth, instead of praising them when they were not doing well.

The Chairman of the South East Peoples Assembly, Dr Alex Ekwueme, said that the task of the southern delegates was to devise a strategy to prevent political domination by the North.

Ekwueme said that the assembly made a proposal for a constitutional provision for alternating the presidency between the North and South after each five-year single term.

He said that the proposal was strongly resisted by many Northern delegates, who eventually accepted it should be included in the political parties' constitutions rather than in the Nigerian Constitution.

According to him, if the purpose of the 1914 amalgamation was to ensure that the south was always under the leadership of the North, then it might become necessary to consider the option of de-amalgamation.

In his contribution, the Co-chairman of the South-South delegates, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Bolanle, called on the president to dialogue with the Boko Haram sect.

He said that the Federal Government could even grant monetary compensation to the Boko Haram leaders and their families for peace to reign.

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