The governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, says Nigeria can never divide and that the current challenges facing the country can be resolved through dialogue.
Bello said this in Umuahia when he paid a courtesy call on Okezie Ikpeazu, governor of Abia state.
The Kogi governor noted by the grace of God the country will overcome its “differences and skirmishes”.
He commended Ikpeazu for the warm reception he received in Abia when he came to the state for the burial of one of his friends’ mother.
“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”, Bello was quoted to have said in a statement by Onogwu Muhammad, his chief press secretary.
“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, we are one. In Kogi state, we don’t emphasise on what divides us but we emphasise 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.
“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.”
On his part, Ikpeazu commended Bello’s for his leadership style and his action towards ensuring a united Nigeria.
He also described the Kogi governor as a good friend and strong ally, who has always offered 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,” Ikpeazu said.
“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 and we are stronger together as a nation.”