Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (middle); representative of the Governor and Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule (2nd right); Chief (Mrs) Opera Benson (right); Commissioner for Women Affairs & Poverty Alleviation (WAPA), Hon. Lola Akande (left) and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa (2nd left) during the 2017 WAPA Connect Conference, with the theme “Fostering Domestic Harmony Through Multi Perspective Analysis & Graphic Display/Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century”, at the 10 Degrees Event Centre, Billings Way, Oregun, Ikeja, on Thursday, 8 June, 2017.Thursday, 8th June, 2017.
By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA- A commissioner at the Public Complaint Commission (PCC) representing Edo State, Honorable Felix Alari has cautioned leaders at all tiers of government to control their public utterances with a view to checking the spate of violent agitations in the country.
Hon. Alari who stated fielding questions from journalists in Abuja yesterday urged political, religious and traditional leaders to dwell more on the unity of the country rather than speaking on issues capable of deepening divisions among the people.
While maintaining that government’s inability to engage the youths in meaningful ventures has fuelled the spate of agitations in recent times; he called on well-meaning Nigerians to play their part to tame the series of agitations in the land, adding that “violence has not done humanity any good throughout the world history.”
According to him, “People are not engaged in useful venture, of course you can blame leadership for not doing enough to productively engage the youth, but in all these, the level of agitation is very worrisome.
“All hands must be on deck to ensure that it does not escalate. Stakeholders, political leaders, traditional leaders, religious leaders must control their utterances. If you must say something, it must be things that unite us rather than the things that divide us.
“For those who are fanning the embers of war, it is immature, war is not solution to anything. Let us embrace the path of dialogue, negotiations and peaceful resolution of our differences. Throughout world history, violence has not done humanity any good.”
He commended the effort of the Federal Government so far in curtailing the various agitations especially its condemnation of the quit notice issued to Ndigbo by a coalition of northern youths.
Alari who condemned the agitation for the actualisation of Biafra noted that it was the handiwork of a few individuals which does not represent the wishes of the majority of the Igbo.
“Nigeria is better as one nation and we should explore the strength in diversity. Nigeria cannot afford to divide, ” he said.
He scored the Muhammadu Buhari government high while calling on citizens to be patient for more dividends of democracy.
“They have stabilized the naira and the economy is stable now. Things are gradually becoming normal again. If the level of looting as reported and noticed in the last administration were true, we will understand why we are here today, ” he added.
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