NIGERIA @ 57: Okowa, Obaseki Affirm Country’s Unity Cannot Be Compromised


As Nigeria marks her 57th independence anniversary, Governors of Delta and Edo States, Ifeanyi Okowa and Godwin Obaseki have affirmed that the country’s unity cannot be compromised even as they called for concerted efforts to strengthen the bond of unity in the country.

In a joint press briefing today Saturday after a breakfast meeting held at the Governor’s Lodge, Benin City, Edo State, the two Governors stated that there is a lot to celebrate as a country.

It is worthy to note that the two states, Delta and Edo were carved out of the defunct Bendel State on August 27, 1991.

According to Governor Okowa “there is strenght in unity, as a nation, we should talk about how to work together and stay on a common path on how to develop Nigeria, we should partner with one another.”

Speaking on the essence of the visit, Mr. Okowa who was accompanied on the visit by his wife, Dame Edith Okowa, said, “Delta and Edo States are brothers, we came to Benin City for a ceremony, and we decided to see my brother, the Governor, we discussed on how to partner to bring development to our people, we believe there is need for us to meet more often.”

On his part, the Edo state Governor, Mr. Obaseki noted that, “Delta and Edo States are neighbours, we share a lot of things of common interest, as we celebrate independence, we should work to make our nation better.”

Meanwhile, Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has felicitated with Nigerians on the 57th Independence anniversary with a charge on Nigerians to work against violence and all threats to the corporate existence of the country.

In a statement in Asaba on Saturday by Mr. Okowa’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, the governor admonished Nigerians to be proud of their country and desist from acts that are inimical to the continued corporate existence of the country.

“On behalf of Government and the people of Delta State, I congratulate Nigerians on the occasion of the 2017 Independence Day celebration on October 1, 2017.Our people have enjoyed democracy since 1999 and appreciates better, the inherent gains of democracy, as respect for human rights and the rule of law. As Nigerians we must continue to work together to surmount the challenges threatening to destabilising our budding democracy and undo the gains achieved in the past 18 years.”


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