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Nigeria’s unity non-negotiable – Bayelsa Monarch

Bayelsa state

The Ibenananaowei of Bomo clan, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa, Joshua Igbugbugbu, says the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable.

The Octogenarian said this on Friday when the Chairman, Governing Council of the Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe, Olanipekun Edward, paid him a courtesy visit at his palace annex, Yenagoa.

He said the agitations of those clamouring for secession might have arisen from perceived exclusion.

“If you look at the state and local governments, the people are crying over salaries and others,” he said.

He, however, advised the agitators to direct their grievances to political leaders to ensure even delivery of dividends of democracy to the people.

Mr. Igburugbu also urged the separatists to desist from threatening the unity and stability of the nation.

“I have been on the throne for 58 years and I don’t want the country to break up.

“‎In unity, we should stand and divided we fall. All I want is unity and good governance.

‘‘All I want is a united Nigeria. The North should not drive the Ibos and the Ibos should not drive the Hausas. All we want is unity,” he said.

The monarch described the recent calls for restructuring of the nation as “highly political.”

He also called on the governing council of the Federal Polytechnic, Ekeowe and the students of the institution to pray for the quick recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The chairman appealed to the federal government to award contract for the construction of the road from Yenagoa to the institution for effective development of the riverine area.

Mr. Edward told the monarch that the visit was for him to have firsthand knowledge of the institution, adding that the third Governing Council was inaugurated on May 11.

He commended the monarch for his assistance during the assessment tour of the institution and sought his help in prevailing on the federal government to construct access road to the institution.



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  • That side fossil deposits and access to the sea is out of the question.
    The noose is getting tighter.

    • What Noose are you talking about. This hatred for a people that you really know nothing of their pain and suffering is beyond wicked, its downright evil. Let the referendum be granted and you would find out if they wouldn’t have access to the sea (and am not making an empty boast the ijaws and the ikwerres am 1000% sure will go with Biafra- i don’t know about efiks or the ibibios, but i suspect that the results would be close if it goes either way). As for fossil deposit that you’ve mentioned of, and this is why i know that you guys in the southwest truly don’t even know the nigeria you live in, there is fossil deposit in imo state, in abia state, in the igbo speaking areas of delta state, and in anambra state. The only states that don’t have fossil deposit in the commercial quantity like you’re referring to are Ebonyi and Enugu state. For your information Enugu state has the largest coal deposit found in anywhere in nigeria, and Ebonyi state in Nkalagwu has the largest limestone deposit in Nigeria (all of these assertions are on record for you to verify).
      Let the igbos and any other tribes that want to come along with them go, and you can live in your riches and wealth as nigeria- You wouldn’t have to allocate monthly oil revenue to these areas anymore, more oil money for the remainder territories to share.

      • Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa state says “NO”; and you’re here blabbing about “1000% sure will go with Biafra”.
        I concur. Good luck on your Utopia.

        • This is were the fallacious propaganda get injected into the discourse and is regarded as the truth. The postulations of a traditional ruler who’s referendum vote cast is essentially equal to that of any of his constituents you’ve now aggregated to equate “southern ijaw has expressed there desire not to tow the line of secession “, very bad (ie fake news as trump would say). Let the kites fly and if the results states otherwise, the igbos would heartily accept there faith with whatever outcome is reached.

          • The unity of Nigeria is non negotiable, the HRH Igbugbugbu of Ijaw land has spoken, end of story.

      • Niger Delta will never be part of Biafraud. Una be real thieves, bunch of barawos.

      • ND is not part of biafra, HRH has spoken. Assuming SE is removed in Nigeria as called by northern youths, without ND biafra will be worst than South Sudan. They have nothing, no food, no oil, no market, no port, etc SE will be surrounded by Nigeria all round no access to sea or ocean to get food or transport goods in and out. They will all die of hunger and poverty and will not be allowed to do business in any part of Nigeria.

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