Gov­er­nors wor­ried over Abia log­jam – Yari

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Abubakar Auwal, Sokoto

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.

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