October 10 (THEWILL) – Niger Delta Minister of Affairs Senator Godswill Akpabio revealed that strategic meetings, consultations with stakeholders in the Niger Delta region and support from the federal government have helped leverage current peace and stability. In the region.
Akpabio said this in his remarks at the special stakeholder dinner hosted by the Harvest Committee of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Unity Cathedral, held at the Hilton Hotel in Abuja.
Represented at the event by his Chief of Staff, Sir Etekamba Umoren, Akpabio said: hostilities, from Bakassi to Okrika, to Land Ogoni, Yenagoa, Warri, Gbaramatu, all in an effort to secure peace “.
According to the former senatorial minority leader, “We have also fulfilled various stakeholder commitments through the office of the Minister of State of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs with various host communities, all aimed at ensuring peace. sustainable in the region.
“The ministry’s efforts with those of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), the presidential amnesty program and those of the young leaders of the United Ethnic Nationalities Forum have collectively contributed to a better understanding of government issues and policies. resulting from the region. being the most peaceful in the country today.
“I am delighted to stand before this August meeting as I make my remarks on the ongoing discussions of the Methodist Church of Nigeria aimed at instilling a culture of peace and unity in Nigeria. “
Speaking further, the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State noted that “the topic ‘Building a culture of peace and unity in our country’ is very appropriate, given the challenges of the times and the surrealist manifestations of contemporary society. “
He congratulated the organizers of the event for the development of this program, deeming it reassuring and rightly so, because it offered a real platform for cross-fertilization of ideas that will engender peace and unity in the country. .
“Church and government have inseparable mandates to ensure peace and unity among the people. The national anthem of Nigeria is unequivocal in its content; reflecting the spirit of the founding fathers of our country and all Nigerian patriots. He professes all compatriots “one nation, bound in freedom, peace and unity”, setting the tone for the theme of tonight’s dinner.
“It should be noted that Methodism has consistently reflected the life, times, and great contributions of John Wesley, whose labor of love is evidenced in the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ beyond jumps and limits.
“However, peace is a state of mind reflecting the interplay of socio-economic and political forces in achieving general human well-being. It involves the harmony of people and their relationship with society. It is a state of perpetual freedom and the absence of oppressive and unpleasant thoughts and emotions. “
Akpabio further noted that despite the current challenges facing the country, the administration led by Buhari is doing everything possible to bring the situation under control. He said: “I am convinced that with the efforts of the current administration under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, we will soon overcome this national nightmare.
“No part of the Nigerian landscape is under the control of the insurgents, far from what this administration encountered on the ground in 2015. The government alone cannot make this peace possible if we, as communities, religious and political leaders as well as citizens refuse to monitor each other.
“I urge you all gathered here in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to love one another; working for the peace and unity of our dear country.
“Therefore, for me, the unity of Nigeria and its cohesive existence is not negotiable. But let me once again thank The Methodist Church of Nigeria for organizing this gathering. This dinner is a classic example of how we should behave with each other despite religious differences. It is indeed a great pleasure to have His Highness, Alhaji Nasir Ado Bayero, the Emir of Bichi, a Muslim, and a true believer in the unity of Nigeria as a special guest of honor on this occasion. this evening. “]