Nigeria: Asaba Accord, New Dawn for Nigeria - Delta Govt

13 May 2021

Delta State Government has described the Tuesday's resolutions of the Southern Governors' Forum in Asaba, the state capital as a new dawn for not just Southern Nigeria but the entire country.

Speaking yesterday on a live TV programme, the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, said the meeting of the Southern Governors was a reunion of those who believed in Zikism and Awoism.

According to Aniagwu, "the gathering of the leaders to discuss on how we can make progress aimed at further uniting our country irrespective of their inherent differences was a confirmation that Nigeria would rise above primordial sentiments to a nation where truth, justice and peace shall reign again".

He expressed optimism that the President and other stakeholders would listen to the suggestions made by the Southern Governors in the interest of the unity of the nation following the endorsement by the Southern Senators and House of Representatives Forum.

Aniagwu remarked that the governors' position on the issues of justice and equity were very clear because of the present injustice.

"What happened yesterday in Asaba in no distant time will be seen as the "Asaba Accord". It is the beginning of a new dawn, a new dawn not only for Southern Nigeria, but a new dawn for the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria , irrespective of their ethnic inclination or religious background.

"A situation where governors of different political persuasions, different ethnic and of course different religious inclination were able to come together in one accord which is why I call it the Asaba Accord to discuss on how we can make progress and doing so patriotically, is indeed the birth of a new Nigeria.

"What they have done is not only to save us from progressing to the precipice but to save and further unite our country and I want to believe that their colleagues in the Northern region will see the need to also re-echo the issues very clearly enunciated by the 17 governors of the Southern Region with 15 clearly in attendance.

"I am quite optimistic because they rose far beyond their political, personal and religious considerations to take a look on how we can save our country both in terms of bringing safety back to our people as spelt out in our constitution as the primary responsibility of government in section 14, sub section 2, paragraph (b).

"They were also able to realise that there was the need to come together to save our country from progressing dangerously into disintegration as earlier predicted in time past,"

On how the governors intend to enforce the ban on open grazing, Aniagwu said "It is not just a mere resolution, all the other States that are yet to pass the relevant laws have been asked to go home and enact laws to prosecute the offenders."

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