By EMMAN OVUAKPORIE
Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Maurice Iwu, has described the unity of Nigeria as a non-negotiable option which every citizen must promote.
He enjoined leaders of all ethnic groups to join forces to stem the current bombing and killings which he said were threatening the peace and social harmony of the nation.
The former INEC boss spoke when Okigwe leaders conferred an award of excellence on him. The leaders were led by former South East Zonal Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nze Ozichukwu Chukwu.
Iwu said democracy remains a better option for the country. “ We have to work together to sustain this democracy. We have to join hands to stop anything that threatens our democracy”, he said, adding, “the bombings and killings of innocent Nigerians can stop if all of us will work together, advice ourselves and take a common decision”.
Commending Ndigbo for their selfless sacrifices, the former INEC boss urged them not to relent in fighting for justice and equity. He said: “I always say that the Igbo have made and have continued to make selfless sacrifices for the good of this nation. We must continue to show interests in what benefits our dear nation”.
On the award conferred on him, Iwu said the honour was unique and special to him because it came two years after he left office.
Earlier, Ozichukwu said the award by Okigwe leaders was in recognition of Iwu’s performance in office.