Senators from the southern part of the country on Wednesday resolved to work towards the unity of Nigeria despite the various challenges threatening the nation’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 (retd.), of nepotism and gross incompetence in handling the insecurity in the country.
The Senate’s Deputy President, Ovie Omo-Agege, told newsmen after the southern senators elected Opeyemi Bamidele as Chairman on Wednesday, that his colleagues remained committed to the unity of Nigeria.
His words: “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, “Our position is that we have to manage our unity in diversity, adding that, “We would use the platform to strengthen the unity of Nigeria that we have all promised to uphold”.
Bamidele pledged to use the platform to further advance the unity of Nigeria.
Other leaders of the southern senators are Sen. Stella Oduah (PDP, Anambra North) as vice-chairman; Sen. Mathew Uroghide (PDP, Edo) – Secretary-General; Senator Adeola Olamilekan (APC, Lagos West) – Treasuer; Sen. Chukwuka Utazi (PDP, Enugu-North) – Publicity Secretary and Sen. Degi Eremienyo (APC, Bayelsa East) as Financial Secretary.