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We are for united Nigeria, southern senators declare



Senators from the southern part of Nigeria on Wednesday resolved to work towards the unity of the country despite the various challenges threatening it’s continued existence.

Their position came on the heels of the growing calls for secession among some Yoruba and Igbo groups who are accusing the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari’s (retd.), of nepotism and gross incompetence in handling insecurity in the country.

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, told journalists after the southern senators elected Opeyemi Bamidele as Chairman on Wednesday that his colleagues remain committed to the unity of Nigeria.

He said, “Let me make it very clear that we are united, both the northern and southern senators.

“We are united behind the leadership of the 9th Senate and we have resolved that notwithstanding the challenges facing the country, we would support a united Nigeria.”

He said the northern senators’ forum was inaugurated some time ago, hence the need to inaugurate the southern senators’ forum.

He said, “By June 11, we would be in Senate for two years and we felt we need to inaugurate the leadership for southern senators forum.”

The new Chairman of the forum, Opeyemi Bamidele, also pledged to use the platform to further advance the unity of Nigeria.

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Bamidele said, “Our position is that we have to manage our unity in diversity.

“We further look forward to strengthening the leadership of the Senate.

“We would provide a voice for our people that we are here to represent.

“We would use the platform to strengthen the unity of Nigeria that we have all promised to uphold.

Other leadership of the southern senators are, Senator Stella Oduah (PDP, Anambra North) as vice-chairman; Senator Mathew Uroghide (PDP, Edo) – Secretary-General; Senator Adeola Olamilekan (APC, Lagos West) – Treasurer; Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP, Enugu North) – Publicity Secretary; and Senator Degi Eremienyo (APC, Bayelsa East) as Financial Secretary.

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Abubakar gave the directive on Sunday in a statement issued by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto.

“This is to inform the Muslim Ummah that Monday, April 12, which is equivalent to the 29th day of Sha’aban 1442AH shall be the day to look for the new moon of Ramadan 1442AH.

“Muslim are, therefore, requested to start looking for the crescent moon on Monday and report its sighting to the nearest District or Village Head for onward communication to the Sultan,’’ the statement read.

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The Sultan prayed Allah to assist Muslims in the discharge of their religious duty.

Junaidu gave telephone numbers that could be used directly to report the sighting of the new moon to the committee.

The numbers are 08037157100, 07067416900, 08066303077, 08036149757, 08035965322 and 08035945903.

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