Following the simultaneous agitations for Biafra and Oduduwa Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has urged for dialogue as a means of settling calls for Nigeria’s disintegration.
Bello made the comment while highlighting the importance of Nigerian unity.
He also advocated for discussion as a means of addressing all types of unrest.
The governor’s remarks were made during a courtesy visit to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu in Umuahia, Abia State, and were contained in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Onogwu Muhammed, according to NAN.
Bello voiced optimism that Nigeria will never break up, despite attempts by some to incite conflict by exploiting religious and ethnic divisions.
“We can have differences, skirmishes here and there which by the grace of God, we shall overcome them and Nigeria will remain together,” Bello said.
Yahaya Bello also praised Ikpeazu for the warm welcome he and his team received, adding the Abia governor had been a great friend.
He stated that despite not being of the same political party, area, or creed as Governor Ikpeazu, they have maintained mutual friendliness and cordiality over the years, and that this should be the correct ethos that all Nigerians should acquire.
“In Kogi, we treat everyone as a Nigerian first, before discussing where they came from or their faith.
“Though we speak in different tongues, we are one. We don’t focus on what divides us in Kogi, but rather on what brings us together.
“I want each and every one of us to continue to preach peace, unity and togetherness.
“Yes, some sections of this country may be agitated due to one thing or the other but it is only on roundtable such agitations can be best resolved.
“I call on all my brothers that feel aggrieved about the state of this country to sit on the table and pass through the proper channels to resolve them,” Bello said.