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Abia Crisis: Nigerian Governors Forum Says ‘Rule Of Law’ Must Be Respected

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NAN – The Nigerian Governors Forum on Sunday, April 10, 2016 expressed concern over the political impasse in Abia State and called on parties to the crisis to respect the rule of law.

Abdulaziz Yari, chairman of the forum and Zamfara State governor, made this known while addressing traditional rulers from Abia State who paid condolence visit to Sokoto State.

The monarchs were in Sokoto to commiserate with the government and people of the state over the death of top politician, Umaru Shinkafi.

Mr. Yari said the 36 state governors in the country are worried about the political logjam in Abia State, and are working behind the scene to ensure there is no breakdown of law and order in the state.

The governor said it is important for all sides claiming victory over the governorship contest to respect the courts and avoid acts that would lead to violence.

“As a forum, we are concerned about what is going on in Abia and we are working to ensure all sides respect the courts, and uphold peace. Abia is known for peace, as such we should not do things that would disturb the peace of the state,” Governor Yari said.

Earlier in his remarks, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State said that his state has a long standing relationship with the people of the South East. He said the condolence visit by the traditional rulers reaffirmed that relationship.

Rather than lay emphasis on things that divide the country, Governor Tambuwal said, Nigerians should emphasis on those aspects that unite the nation.

“We are all on journey to unity, stability and progress of our dear country. Abia State governor is a very good friend of mine, so I am praying for him to overcome the present challenges he’s facing as a public officer,” he said.

The governor described the late Mr. Shinkafi as a man of wisdom and integrity, who enjoyed the respect and admiration of all Nigerians.

“No doubt, Shinkafi is the father, and architecture of Nigeria’s modern security apparatus,” Tambuwal said.

“His ideas and handwork gave birth to our present security structure, so he fully deserved all the encomiums that have come his way since his passage,” the governor added.

The royal fathers were led by the chairman of both the South East Council of Traditional Rulers and the Abia State Traditional Rulers’ Council, Eberechi Dick.

In his address, Mr. Eberechi commended the Sokoto State government for the warm relationship between indigenes and residents of other states, especially those from South East, living in Sokoto.

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