Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State gave the advice at the fifty-seventh Independence Day celebration and twenty-first Anniversary of the creation of the State at Abakaliki Township Stadium.
Governor Umahi commended the nation’s leaders for their commitment towards ensuring that Nigeria remained untied in spite of its political and economic challenges.
He assured the Federal government that the people of South East zone were committed to the peace and unity of the country and called for an end to all agitations by the people of the zone.
The Senator representing Ebonyi North, Dr. Sam Egwu distanced the leaders of South East from Biafra agitations but stressed the need for the Federal government to entrench equity and justice in the distribution of the nation’s resources and appointments.
Pastor Paul Onwe of whole Life Bible Church, Abakaliki said if Nigeria must overcome its challenges, the citizens and their leaders must recognize God’s sovereignty in determining the nation’s future.
In a related development, the Enugu State House of Assembly wants the Federal Government to evolve programmes and policies that will address unemployment and power challenges in the Nation.
The Speaker of the House, Chief Edward Ubosi stated this in a message to mark the country’s Independence Anniversary.
He also called on Youths to develop positive thoughts and embrace skills acquisition to better their lot.
The Speaker commended the Enugu State Government for its various economic empowerment programmes and urged citizens to explore the opportunities provided to advance their productivity.
Chief Ubosi assured residents of the State of the commitment of the Assembly under his leadership towards enacting laws that would deepen democracy and ensure good governance.
He called on the people to continue to support the State Government to enable it to serve them better.
Also, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, the Most Reverend Paulinus Ezeokafor says the unity of the country is paramount.
He therefore called for concerted efforts for its sustenance.
The Most Reverend Ezeokafor stated this in his fifty-seventh Independence message to Nigerians in Awka.
He explained that series of agitations across the country were as a result of perceived injustice, infrastructural decay, inequitable distribution of the Nation’s wealth, among others.
The Man of God identified poor leadership as the major problem facing the country and enjoined Nigerians to pray fervently for God-fearing leaders.
While appealing to Leaders to carry all ethnic groups along in governance, Bishop Ezeokafor emphasized the need for restructuring.
He charged Politicians in Anambra State to eschew violence in their approach to next month’s Governorship election in the area.