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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

FG initiates peace move to end agitations

By Peter Okutu & Chimaobi Nwaiwu

ABAKALIKI —THE Federal Government yesterday, initiated a peace move to
quell various forms of agitations in different parts of the country.
This came as Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra,
MASSOB, yesterday, accused the All Progressives Congress, APC led
government of marginalisation against Ndigbo, saying it cannot be
intimidated into silence in the face of such marginalisation.

Speaking during the flag-off of a state-wide sensitisation programme tagged:
“Building a People of Peace in Nigeria: Re-unveiling the spirit of peaceful co-
existence” at the Council Hall of Abakaliki Local Government Area of the
state, Director-General of National Orientation Agency, NOA, Dr. Garba Abari,
explained that the purpose of the programme was not only to refocus
citizen’s attention on the things that unite the nation rather than what
creates division but also to identify and address issues, perceptions and
attitudes that are threatening the peace and peaceful existence in Ebonyi

Represented by the state Director of NOA, Dr. Emma Abah, Abari added that
the agency decided to first of all take the peace initative to the grassroots
because once there is established peace in the area, it would easily spread
across every nook and cranny of the state unhindered.

He said:“Today, all around us in this country, we are confronted with hate
speech, quit notice, and youth restiveness, land/border clashes, communal
clashes, farmers-herdsmen clashes, kidnapping, kindred rising against
kindred, religious intolerance, insurgency among others, which in no small
measure, undermined the spirit of peaceful co-existence among Nigerians at
all levels.

“The destructive tendencies, as we can see, are not originally in our
character. Therefore, we have to re-invent the spirit of co-existence. I urge
all patriotic Ebonyi people to stand up and be counted among those who are
determined to fight against disunity in our communities and the
disintegration of this nation.

“In the past, our people stayed together despite our acknowledged differences
with one another not minding that the communities operated different forms
of government, but they constantly traded, exchanged visits, even
intermarried among themselves.

“Then, also our communities were able to resolve both inter and intra
communal disputes through dialogue and consensus, not resorting to violent
approach that destroyed the spirit of co-existence.”

In his remarks, chairman of the occasion and Senior Special Assistant to
Governor David Umahi on Internal Security, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala, who
welcomed the initiative of the Federal Government towards restoring peace in
the country, stressed that until every family was in peace, Nigeria as a nation
cannot be in peace.

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