Against the backdrop of agitation for the disintegration of the country by some secessionists groups, First Lady Aisha Buhari, and South East women on Thursday said the unity of the country was non negotiable.
This is even as the women resolved to mobilise themselves to counter hate speeches and tribal sentiments and promote the oneness of the country.
Speaking at the 2017 Imo Women Annual August Meeting in Owerri, Mrs. Buhari charged women to work towards conflict resolution and peaceful coexistence in various communities.
She said, “This gathering is a celebration of the resourcefulness of womanhood. It is important because at meetings like this, Igbo women gather to discuss developmental issues and peaceful coexistence at the community levels.”
The wife of Imo State governor, Nkechi Rochas Okorocha, said that from time immemorial, women had been agents of positive changes, growth and development, adding that no society would do better without the contributions of women.
She said, “Women, now is the time for us all to answer this clarion call of coming together to continue building and fortifying bridges of friendship across the Niger and to believe in the mantra that there is strength in unity.”
The state governor, Rochas Okorocha, acknowledged that the country was on trial at the moment, but expressed optimism that the future of the country would be better than than it is at the present.
United Kingdom returnee, Nnamdi Kanu who spent 18 months behind bars has declared that no election will hold in the South-eastern part of Nigeria unless the government organises a referendum for the exit of the Igbos.