…Says government should listen to the agitations
Nigerian federal lawmaker Mr Onofiok Luke has restated his belief in the unity of Nigeria but said it must be founded on justice, equity and true federalism.
Luke was the Chairman at the One-Day National Dialogue to mark 2021 Democracy Day organized by the Civil Liberty Organisation (CLO) in conjunction with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs which held at the auditorium of Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Image House, Uyo Akwa Ibom State on Friday.
Addressing the participants, Luke who is the Member representing Etinan/ Nsit Ibom/ Nsit Ubium Federal Constituency and Chairman House Committee on Judiciary, said that to achieve unity, every segment of the society must see themselves as equal. “When we cried of marginalisation, a President in this country in the person of Umaru Musa YarAdua listened to the cry of the people of the Niger Delta region and then made effort towards resolving the crisis of the Niger Delta region and that is why we can have peace to continue to drill oil, we continue to produce the resources that feed the entire nation”..
“I am happy that the people of the South-East had a meeting with representatives of the federal government. We should not ignore the agitations of the people from the South East, we should not ignore the agitations of the people from the South West”, Luke said.
He however condemned any form of violent agitations. According to the lawmaker, “let the people be asked to come and sit on the table and then express their grievances and ask for what will make for their betterment”.
Luke charged the participants to go beyond talking and work towards a better Nigeria. “Whatsoever will be the outcome of this dialogue, I want to urge CLO and the office of the SSA to the President to please push the communique of the dialogue to the different segments of the leadership of this country”.
“I am part of the policy formulators as a legislator and whatsoever ideas I am going to have here that will need a legislative push, I give the commitment that if it will make for the betterment of this country, I will partner with my colleagues in the National Assembly to take the ideas you are going to espouse here and take it to the floor of the House of Representatives and begin to push agenda towards making a better country”, Luke added.
The event had in attendance the Senior Special Assistant to the President of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang, Police Public Relations Officer, Akwa Ibom State Command, Odiko Macdon, Director of Information, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Akwa Ibom State, James Edet and other stakeholders.