Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable – Senate
The Senate has resolved to take steps to curtail all threats to the continued existence of Nigeria as a united and peaceful country, following agitations for secession in the South East region of the country.
On Thursday in Kaduna, the northern youth groups that gave an ultimatum to Igbo to leave their region latest on October 1, 2017 reaffirmed their position.
They urged the Federal Government to hold a referendum for the actualisation of Biafra Republic.
At a special mid-term session which attracted former Presiding officers of the Senate as well as the national chairman of the All Progressives Congreas (APC), John Oyegun, the upper legislative chamber noted that it has become very important that decisive actions are taken to halt factors mitigating against Nigeria’s unity.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who presided over the special session, said the Senate must stand for a united country.
Saraki noted that unity and peace were key issues that must be guaranteed for meaningful development to taķe place.
“We must stand clealy and act clearly to defend this country. The unity of this country is not negotiable” Saraki said.
Many lawmakers who spoke also stressed the urgent need to pay attention to songs of disunity currently emerging in many parts of the country.
Former Senate Minority Leader, George Akume particularly charged the Senate to stand firmly against the “drums and songs of war” being heard in parts of the country.
He said it was time for the Senate to make a strong statement against persons or groups beating drums of ethnic and religious hatred among the citizenry.
In his submission, Shehu Sani, asked the Senate to address the question of injustice pointing out that it was the singular issue that is capable of tearing tbe country apart.
He noted that the country was facing threats of secession because of issues relating to injustice and unfairness.
According to Sani, most of the problems bedevilling the country had tbeir roots from injsutice.
Also, Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, noted that the stability of the Senate arose from the support and co-operation given by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senators who he said were not in Senate to do destructive criticisms.
Akpabio said the Senate minority caucus was fully aware that the failure of the APC goverment could affect the entire country irrespective of party affiliation.
George Sekibo was of the view that the Senate was being distracted from carrying out its responsibilities, pointing out that the cases of harassment of lawmakers by security agencies in the name of fighting corruption would not augur well for smooth legislative atmosphere.
Pointing to Oyegun, Sekibo declared that the APC must call the agencies to order so that things can work well.
But Senator Dino Melaye condemned what he called selective application of laws by the executive arm of government.
Citing the continued stay of Ibrahim Magu as acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Melaye noted that the Presidency had shown serious disrespect for the National Assembly by keeping him in that position.
OWEDE AGBAJILEKE, Abuja
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