Â The Coastal Heritage Forum has described as unfortunate and a comprehensive misplacement of facts, theÂ statement made by the Itsekiri National Youth Council that the Minister of the Niger Delta,Â Elder Godsday Orubebe, is pursuing a tribal agenda.
Speaking at a two day seminar on â€œ Ethnic Harmony For Sustainable Developmentâ€ the national coordinator of the Coastal Heritage Forum, The Rev. Jude Isiayei, said the statement, capable of causingÂ suspicion and tension amongÂ the ethnic groups in the Niger-Delta, must beÂ condemned as theÂ regionÂ is in dire need of peace for sustainable development. He stated that what the region needs now is a true spirit of ethnic harmony for the pursuit of the noble goals of control of endowed resources, enhancement of the quality of life of the average Niger-Deltan. These, he said,Â can only be achieved in an atmosphere of peaceful co-existence of all ethnic groups.
Also speaking, the national secretary of the Coastal Heritage Forum, Mr. Alex Egbutsa Yeikebena, congratulatedÂ Orubebe on his new appointment and thankedÂ PresidentÂ Goodluck JonathanÂ for the appointment.
Presbyterian moderator lamentsÂ Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s death
THE Moderator of the General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria (PCN), The Rt. Rev. Ubon Bassey Usung, has lamented the death of President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua, saying itÂ was a colossal loss not only to the bereaved family but also to the entire nation.
Usung extolled the virtues ofÂ Yarâ€™Adua which he said, included his belief in the rule of law, sincerity and honesty as well as his commitment to the transformation of the socio-economic and political landscape of Nigeria.
The cleric said Yarâ€™Adua was well loved by Nigerians.Â He said that the only way to honour the late president was for all Nigerians to stand by and defend his legacy of love for the rule of law, integrity, self sacrifice and commitment to the Nigerian cause.