By Petetr Duru

MAKURDI -As winners and losers emerge at the just concluded general elections, Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Canada, Professor Iyorwuese Hagher has urged State and Federal governments to establish unity governments at the tiers of governance to reflect the voting pattern at the polls.

The Envoy maintained that the time has come for all Nigerians irrespective of political party affiliations to play key role in the unity and economic stability of the nation.

Addressing newsmen in Makurdi on the outcome of the general elections, Amb Hagher said, “It is time Nigeria evolved a formula for proportional representation rather than the zero-sum game, winner-takes-all, of western democracy”.

The former Minister of State for Power and Steel stated that “Nigeria should add the traditional values of African culture in our democracy to give democracy a human face by ensuring that all segments of political interests who participated in government are recognized”.

On the outcome of the Benue State gubernatorial election, Professor Hagher pointed out that the result brought to the fore the sharp division in the political inclination of the people of the state.

The Diplomat stressed, “There is an urgent need for healing. The key political actors, Senator George Akume and Governor Gabriel Suswam must bury their hatchet because their victory is merely pyrrhic if it does not translate into shared goals and dreams for the improvement of the lives of Benue people”.

He implored Governor Suswam to move fast to heal the wounds created by the electioneering exercise by setting up a Benue Elders Council, which would comprise of all the past and present political office holders from the state not below the age of 55year.

According to him the function of the council would among other things include advisory, with the aim of helping to guarantee peace, stability and unity among the people of the state.


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