Yahaya Bello, Kogi State governor, has said Nigeria can never break up.
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Bello said this at the Abia State Government House in Umuahia, when he paid a courtesy call on governor Okezie Ikpeazu.
The Kogi governor who was in Umuahia for the burial ceremony of the mother of one of his friends, Emenike Ugochi, decided to pay a courtesy call on his colleague.
He said dialogue is the best way to resolve agitations.
There have been attacks on government facilities and security agents by gunmen suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
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“I have always maintained this position that Nigeria can never divide; we can have differences, skirmishes here and there which by the grace of God, we shall overcome them and Nigeria will remain together”, he said.
He commended Ikpeazu for the warm reception offered him and his entourage, saying, the Abia governor has been a very good friend.
According to Bello, his Abia counterpart was the first governor that called directly to congratulate him when he was first sworn-in as governor of Kogi in January 2016.
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He said though they do not belong to the same party, region and faith, both of them have continued to enjoy mutual friendship and cordiality over the years, adding that Nigerians should imbibe the same right spirit.
Bello further said he enjoys cordial and mutual relationship with all his counterparts in the South-east.
“We in Kogi State look at everyone as a Nigerian first before we talk about where you come from or even your religion. Though tongues may differ, but we are one. In Kogi State, we don’t emphasise on what divides us but we emphasis more on what unites us.
“I want each and everyone 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.
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“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,” he added.
The Kogi governor said Ikpeazu’s administration has done a lot in tackling insecurity bedeviling the state.
He also commended the contributions of Igbo community living in Kogi, to the economic and political developments of the state.
Responding, Ikpeazu thanked Bello for the visit, describing him as a very good friend and strong ally who has always called him to offer words of encouragement.
“You have challenged some of us with your leadership style and you have been very courageous in expressing your views whether it is bitter or sweet. Most importantly, I want to thank you for galvanising the people of Nigeria for a united nation. God has brought us together as a nation an we are stronger together as a nation, ” he added.