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Friday, June 23, 2017

APC governors condemn emergence of irredentist movements

The governors elected under the All Progressive Congress (APC) otherwise known as Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) has condemned the emergence of irredentist movements across the country, reports ITRealms.

The Director-General of PGF, Salihu Mohammed Lukman, told ITRealms in a press statement Friday, urge all decent voices in the country to speak up against these upsurge of desperate irredentist groups.

PGF also urged well-meaning Nigerians to support the emergence of a stronger and virile unified Nigeria for all to thrive.

The Forum insists that, regardless of our diverse identities and whatever differences, Nigeria has to thrive. Hence,‘ there has to be a nation first’.

According to PGF, they are always to promote all-inclusive government, for the development of policies and programmes that improve the life of every Nigerian citizen, regardless of ethnicity and religious orientation.

“It is with this in mind that the Forum condemns in the strongest terms the present secessionist and separatist agitations promoting ethno-regional identity in the country. These sundry factional groups, claiming to represent different ethnic nationalities, sow seeds of disunity and promote secessionist agenda in the nation. We decry and reject their activities in all intents and purposes,” he said.

The group acknowledged the rich diverse heritage of Nigeria as a country, noting particularly that the resurgence of desperate youth groups promoting ethno-regional identities and extremist positions from the different geo-political zones across the nation as currently experienced is a reflection of prevalent weak governance, economy and law enforcement system in Nigeria.

The challenge beforeus as Nigerians therefore is to commit ourselves to theunity of the country. We must create by all means necessary, a country that we can collectively call our home, irrespective of tongues and localities. This is a vision the APC as a party is committed to lead and for which the PGF is unapologetically and intrinsically loyal.These threats to national unity must cease totally and put away into history.

While acknowledging that as a nation, we do have challenges, PGF believe that the resolution of those challenges rest with the development of our democracy and with it, the ascendency of structured processes of national consultations, negotiations and invariably agreements. Some of the challenges are highlighted in the accompanied PGF Position – There has to be a nation first.

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