The prelate, Methodist church of Nigeria, Most Revd Samuel Chukwuemeka Kanu Uche has stressed the need for peaceful co-existence among ethnic groups in the country irrespective of cultural and religious differences.
He made the call at Government House Umuahia during a visit to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state.
Most Revd Uche explained that despite the loud call for secession by groups like the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Igbos were not actually seeking to secede from the country but are only agitating for equal treatment and a fair deal in the government of the country through appointments and provision of infrastructure.
The cleric also urged Governor Ikpeazu to look for avenues to clear all arrears owed workers in the state, noting that paying workers their salary will go a long in boosting their efficiency and thus the state’s Internally Generated Revenue.
“Pay them their salaries and God will be very happy with you.”
He told the governor.
Governor Ikpeazu on his part urged the Methodist Church to establish a university in the state, promising that the state government will assist him in acquiring land for such purpose. He emphasized that the core motive of his administration is to improve the welfare of Abia people, and he is doing everything possible to achieve that.