BY VINCENT UJUMADU
AWKA—Governor Pete Obi of Anambra State has said that the proposed national dialogue was very critical at the present stage of Nigeria’s development.
Obi was reacting to a statement credited to the Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief Martin Elechi, that the national dialogue would amount to a futile exercise.
But speaking after a church service at St Anthony’s Catholic Church, Umudioka, to mark the centenary celebration of the advent of Catholic Church in the area, Obi said President Jonathan should even be commended for his courage and statesmanship in trying to organize the national dialogue.
Obi said: “Chief Martin Elechi is a father to us governors in the South-East. I have not spoken with him on the comments credited to him. I believe very honestly that the comments were sensationalised.
“He is a man of wisdom who chooses his words before uttering them. I cannot comment on what he said or did not say until I speak with him to know the context in which he spoke.
“To me, communication gap is one of the factors that trigger crisis in the country and it is about time we told ourselves the truth.
“There are many things in the country that need clarification, definition and agreement. It is better we resolve these things through the meeting of minds, rather than arbitrariness of strife and dissension.”
He stressed the need for Nigerians to give total support to the initiative, insisting that the best way to move forward is for Nigerians to sit down and deliberate on the future of the country in order to chart a new course for enduring peace, stability and progress.