The Governor of Imo state, Senator Hope Uzodinma has called on the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and others to drop the idea of having separate countries different from Nigeria.
He told newsmen at the Presidential Villa, Abuja today, April 24 that he doesn’t support cessation in any form, but disposed to a more united indivisible Nigeria no matter the current circumstances prevailing against the nation.
Governor Uzodinma noted that Nigeria’s strength lies in it’s diversity, especially as the country continues to play a leading role on the continent.
The Imo State Governor, who was reacting to agitations for the division of Nigeria, said that despite the odds, due divisions, saying: “I don’t think that I will support any call for cessation, I want a united, strong Nigeria. Our strength is in our diversity and today, we are supposed to play a leading role in this continent.
“We don’t want to whittle down our strength. Rather, what I advise is that we must appreciate the gift of nature, in our land and support the government.”
The Governor said that the citizens should be more concerned with the issues of job creations and infrastructure development among others, rather than dwelling on inane issues.
“Let me tell you something, this country is blessed by God. From 2015 till today, I thought what the problem would be is people saying that there’s no job creation, people are not feeding, salaries are not paid, infrastructure are going down, social interventions are not approved by government.
“Now, people are no longer talking about that, rather what they are doing is to sponsor crisis, to the extent that those funding this banditry are politicians, which I challenge and call on security agencies to make their names available to the press because what they want to do is to distract a government that is focused.
“If this government is not doing well, I’ll be one of those that has declare the government as not doing well, but a situation where you’ll live the formal way, ethical way of doing politics, and you are now sponsoring banditry to bring down a government, for Christ’s sake, we should rise up and condemn it, all of us.”
Governor Uzodinma called on the opposition to partner the administration to facilitate development programmes for the people, adding that only ‘an enabling environment’ could make those things realistic.
“For those things to function, we need an enabling environment. That is why the enemies, not deterred by the progress the government is making, are now out to scuttle good governance.
“Opposition and politics are about the people. Democracy is government of the people, by the people and for the paper. Why are people hiring people to kill the people? There is no responsible government that will not want those who voted him or her to power to be happy and this government I have seen is a responsible government.
“However, I think we are rising to the occasion. I can tell you that sooner than later, today will become a thing of the past and Nigeria will move forward.”