Chairman of the forum and Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, made the call while addressing traditional rulers from Abia State, who paid a condolence visit to Sokoto State to commiserate with the government and people of the state over the death of Umaru Shinkafi. Mr. Yari said the 36 state governors in the country are worried about the political logjam in Abia State, and are working behind the scene to ensure there is no breakdown of law and order in the state.
The governor said it was important for all sides claiming victory to respect the courts and avoid acts that would lead to violence. He said: “As a forum, we are concerned about what is going on in Abia and we are working to ensure all sides respect the courts, and uphold peace.
Abia is known for peace and as such, we should not do things that would disturb the peace of the state.” Earlier in his remarks, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State said the state had a long standing relationship with the people of the South-East. He said the condolence visit reaffirmed that relationship. Rather than lay emphasis on things that divide the country, Tambuwal said, Nigerians should emphasise those aspects that unite the nation.
The royal fathers were led by the Chairman of South-East Council of Traditional Rulers and the Abia State Traditional Rulers’ Council, Eberechi Dick. In his address, Mr. Eberechi commended Sokoto State government for the good relationship between indigenes of the state and residents from other states, especially those from South-East.