From Geoffrey Anyanwu, Enugu


An interest group, Brethren of Interfaith and Inter-Community Development Initiative (a.k.a. Brethren of the Rock), has described Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as a de-tribelized Nigerian and one that has erased discrimination in his state.

The group made up of men and women of the Christian and Islamic faith, indigenes and non-indigenes of various tribes in Nigeria, eulogized Ugwuanyi for providing an atmosphere conducive for all residents of the state to thrive.

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Noting that no other administration in the state had been as accommodating as that of Ugwuanyi, the group expressed its total support of Ugwuanyi’s senatorial ambition and his choice of successor, Peter Mba, describing it as the best.

Director-General of the group, Onuora Okeke, who with other leaders including, Coordinator, Enugu State Christian Community, Bishop Joseph Ajujungwa; Head of Missionary, NASFAT, South-East Zone, Mallam Muhammed Usman; Member, Arewa Community, Enugu State, Hon Bala Ardo and Head, Yoruba Community, Enugu State, Alhaji Abdulazeez Adebayo, addressed newsmen in Enugu stated that Ugwuanyi’s style of governance had removed every form of discrimination.

He lamented the level of discrimination and division in Nigeria across ethnic and religious divides, stressing that the situation had hindered the country’s progress.

He said, “These have separated us along religious cleavages, primordial tribal and ethnic leanings, with their cumulative effects breeding disunity, poverty, crime, mistrust, underdevelopment and other social vices in Nigeria.”