Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the Delta State Governor, said that Nigeria as a country would divide the very day the South-South region decided to join the struggle for the actualization of Biafra Republic.
Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa stated this during his speech at the Niger Delta Peace and Security Summit held in Koko, Warri North Local Governments Area on Thursday.
Governor Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, who was represented by Barr. Eugene. A. Uzum said his Executive Assistant/Directorate of Orientation,:
“Nigeria will divide the very day the South-South agrees to join Biafra.”
He warned that some parts of Nigeria were being oppressed, and at such, peace may continue to elude us as a people.
He noted that our leaders have grossly mismanaged the “Federal Character system and ethnics” in the country.
Okowa identified ethnicity as one of the biggest problems of Nigeria and said, “Unless you are from a particular tribe in this country, you cannot secure a job. Unless you have one big man somewhere, you cannot get a job.
“Those who control the security apparatus are Hausas. A particular tribe runs the security apparatus.”
Governor Okowa also said “hate speeches” are also part of the problems of Nigeria.
The Governor, who lamented the alleged injustice in the country, said the crude oil in the South-South region is being used to develop every part of the country, stressing that, “This is denigration.”
He further pointed out that the gold in Zamfara State and other solid minerals in the Northern region were left only for a few “cabals” and some “generals” with their companies to mine until bandits started killing people.
While noting that the mineral resources in the South-South region are beautiful, Governor Okowa said peace had deluded the Niger Delta people just as he blamed its leaders in the area for their woes.
Governor Okowa, who spoke on the topic, “Peace and Security in the Niger Delta, the way forward,” said for the security operatives to have peace in the Niger Delta, they must keep the peace, stressing that, “Niger Delta is a wounded territory.”
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