The Nigerian Army on Friday released 275 detainees after they had been cleared of being members of the Boko Haram sect. Hassan Umaru, theater commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, handed over the detainees to Kashim Shettima, governor of Borno state, at a ceremony in Maiduguri. Umaru said the detainees included 271 Nigerians and two nationals each…
… Seeks reconciliation, national unity
The delegation was led by the acting Chairman of the Senators’ Forum, Senator John Brambaifa.
In his speech, Senator Brambaifa said they were concerned about the current political developments that are likely to threaten national polity and peaceful co-existence of Nigerians.
He said: “Your Excellency may wonder why the Senators’ Forum has chosen to visit your state at this time. As major stakeholders, members of the Forum are very concerned about the current challenges in the country. Accordingly, we deem it pertinent to seek your kind permission, to intervene for quick resolution of disputes that are likely to threaten our national polity and peaceful co-existence.
“You will recall that the Senate and indeed, the National Assembly, had cause in the past and even more recently, to intervene on some issues and challenges to our national unity, growth and development. The Forum, in discharge of its mandate, had resolved to consult major stakeholders in the country, with a view to strengthening and consolidating our democracy. It is in the light of this resolve that the Forum, through our letter, dated August 21, wrote to seek audience with your excellency to discuss matters of urgent national importance, with a view to bringing down the political tempo and douse the tension.”
On the NGF crisis, Brambaifa recalled that the Senators’ Forum had met with Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang, for peaceful resolution of the crisis.
The Senator disclosed that they had also consulted with stakeholders on the country’s challenges and how to tackle them.
“Your Excellency, it may interest you to note that the Forum has already met with your colleague, Governor David J. Jang of Plateau State recently, and had very fruitful discussion. Your Excellency, our consultations are ongoing and we will not rest until our dear nation achieves greatness, through democracy and good governance. We thank you most sincerely for your courtesy, hospitality and kind attention,” he added.
In his response, Governor Amaechi thanked the senators, describing them as patriotic Nigerians.
Amaechi stressed the need to uphold democracy in the country, where aspirants should simply accept victory or concede defeat, insisting that he clearly won the NGF election.