Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha has appealed to Nigerians to imbibe a nationalistic spirit to fostering unity in the country.
Okorocha made the appeal at the state government house when he recieved traditional rulers from across the nation who came for the post election peace summit in Owerri.
A press release signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo said the traditional rulers at the meeting were the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Mohammed Saidi Abubakar, Oni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Emiton Ogunwusi Ojaja II, Obi of Onitsha, His Royal Majesty Prof. Alfred Achebe, Obong of Calabar, Ediden Ekpo Okon Abasi, Etsu of Nupe, Alhaji Valiya Abubakar, among others.
According to the release, the governor reiterated his strong faith in the unity and indivisibility of Nigeria, and regretted that “his firm belief in the unity of Nigeria” had always been misinterpreted by opponents to discredit him.
He also said that he was born Igbo, raised in the North and empowered by the West, and so has every reason to believe in the country and her unity.
Speaking for the traditional rulers, the Oni of Ife said the group was aware of the political tension in the country and that they will rise to the occasion by fostering unity and peaceful coexistence across the nation.
The Ooni said that they will continue to support all “acts of governance in the county and assured the governor that there will be “all inclusive initiatives” across the geopolitical zones of the country.
He also added that they will continue in their campaign to foster peace and unity across the country regardless or political, tribal or religious differences.
“What we are known for is to foster unity and peaceful co-existence across the entire country, Nigeria; We are aware of the political tensions across the country and we are here to make a statement that we all belong to Nigeria and Nigeria is greater than all of us.
“We are here again to take this campaign further and as traditional rulers, we should wake up from our slumber and we should continue to support governance and all the acts of governance in this country.
“We want to assure you, particularly the entire South-Eastern Zone of this Country that there would be all inclusive initiatives to carry everybody along across all the various Geo-political Zones in Nigeria.
“We only know unity in the traditional institution in Nigeria and that is what we want to foster in the nation; We will continue to move across the length and breath of this nation to promote peace irrespective of political or religious differences inherent in those states,” the release read.