Governors worried over Abia logjam – Yari
The Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, yesterday said state governors were disturbed by the current political logjam in Abia State and were working to ensure peace in the state.
Addressing traditional rulers from the state during a condolence visit in Sokoto over the death of Alhaji Umaru Shinkafi, Yari said it was of paramount importance that the two sides claiming victory over the governorship contest respect the courts.
"They must avoid acts that could lead to violence or any breach of peace in the state," he said.
The traditional rulers were led by the chairman of Southeast Traditional Rulers Council and Abia State Traditional Rulers Council, Eze Eberechi N. Dick, who commended the Sokoto State government for the warm relationship with indigenes and residents of other states, especially those from the South-east. More dignitaries have visited Sokoto to condole the family of late Shinkafi.
“As a forum, we are concerned about what is going on in Abia and we are working to ensure all sides respect the courts, and uphold peace. Abia is known for peace, as such we should not do what will disturb the peace of the state,” Yari added.
Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, said Sokoto had a long standing relationship with the people of the South-east, and the visit of the traditional rulers had reaffirmed that relationship.
Tambuwal said rather than lay emphasis on things that could divide the country, Nigerians should emphasize on aspects that unite the nation.
“We are all on a journey to unity, stability and progress of our dear country. The Abia State governor is a very good friend of mine, so I am praying for him to overcome the present challenges he’s facing as a public officer,” he added.