Nigeria Will Not Disintegrate Says Uduaghan As People Of Southern Nigeria Meets In Asaba
DELTA State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has assured Nigerians that the
country would not disintegrate in spite of the challenges and ravaging
fire of ethnic nationalism in the country.
Governor Uduaghan who gave this assurance at the Opening ceremony of the
Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly [SNPA] 4th General Conference in Asaba
said that the national conference sanctioned by President Goodluck
Jonathan's administration has provide avenue for Nigerians to deliberate
on issues that will move the nation forward.
He explained that though the Jonathan's administration was beset by series
of challenges, the President has handled these challenges with maturity
He observed that one of such challenges was the issue of Boko Haram, and
emphasized that the activities of Boko Haram has been reduced and there
are signs that the militant group will see reasons to embrace peaceful
co-existence in the country.
He disclosed that: “The Jonathan's administration has done a lot to
improve the nation's economy and engendered a lot of growth and foreign
direct investments and interest”, stressing that the benefits to the
masses will take some time to trickle down to them.
Dr Uduaghan commended the people of Southern Nigeria for 'talking' noting
that those who are talking often do not engage in violence.
“President Jonathan is providing a platform for us to discuss with the
national conference and we are free to say anything in this world except
the disintegration of Nigeria and when we discuss, issues are resolved,”
the Governor said, adding that the people of Southern Nigeria should be
prepared to make their points known during the conference.
He emphasized, “let us be hopeful, let us be positive because, the future
of Nigeria is bright, Nigeria will not disintegrate in the era of
President Goodluck Jonathan,” adding, “no ravaging fire of ethnic
nationalism can consume this country.”
The Governor hinted that the Governors of South South and South East
geo-political zones were meeting regularly and plans were on for Governors
of South West geo-political zone to join the forum for it to become The
Southern Nigeria Governors Forum, noting that there was need for such
forum because of common economic and other social issues affecting the
He observed that if Deltans can live in peace despite their ethnic
differences, Nigerians can live in peace and work for the growth of the
The Chairman of the SNPA and leader of the South South delegation to the
meeting, Pa Edwin Clark said that convening the meeting of the people of
Southern Nigeria was very important for the people of the region to speak
with one voice, stating, “Nigeria belongs to all of us, we must show
respect for all of us, we are part of this country, we have equal right in
this country, fight for your right, protect your right.”
Chief Francis William who delivered a lecture at the ceremony said:
“President Jonathan has the right to contest for the Presidential position
in 2015” and called for regional cooperation.