A religious group, Brethren of Interfaith and Inter-Community Development Initiative, aka, Brethren of the Rock, on Friday, hailed Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s government for providing a conducive atmosphere for all residents to thrive.
The groups, made up of Christians, the Muslim community, other indigenes and non-indigenes, said no other government had been as accommodating as that of Governor Ugwuanyi.
At a press briefing, the Director-General of the group, Barr. Onuora Okeke, said they were in total support of Ugwuanyi’s choice of successor, which they described as the best.
Other leaders of the group, including Bishop. Dr. Joseph Ajujungwa, coordinator, Enugu State Christian Community, Mallam Muhammed Yunusa Usman, Head of Missionary, NASFAT, South-East Zone, Hon Bala Ardo, Member Arewa Community, Enugu State and Alh. Abdulazeez Adebayo, Head, Yoruba Community, Enugu State, said Ugwuanyi’s style of governance had removed every form of discrimination.
According to him, “facilities are provided equally to indigenes and non-indigenes irrespective of religious inclinations.
“Enugu State government through its deliberate policies has made our members to be happy as inhabitants of the State.
“Our group comprise the Christian community, Moslem community, Igbo community (indigene and non-indigene), Hausa community, Yoruba community, Tiv community, Igala community, Idoma community, among others and we have expressed our solidarity to Ugwuanyi’s government, his choice as senatorial candidate of the PDP and that of Peter Mbah, with Ifeanyi Ossain as the PDP governorship and the Deputy governorship candidates, respectively.
“We want to inform all our members that we have not changed and shall not change from our common decision.”
They re-echoed their stand that Governor Ugwuanyi is an embodiment of peace “with insatiable quest for harmonious co-existence among all residents of Enugu State, irrespective of religion or tribe.
“He does not discriminate in the distribution of democracy dividends. For example, appointments were given to indigenes and non-indigenes.”
The group, however, regretted the level of division and acrimony in Nigeria across ethnic and religious divides, stressing that the situation had hindered the country’s progress.
“These have separated us along religious cleavages, primordial tribal and ethnic leanings, with their cumulative effects breeding disunity, poverty, crime, mistrust, underdevelopment and other social vices in Nigeria,” they noted.
They urged the populace to shun such sentiments in the 2023 general elections by voting for leaders who are ready to carry everyone along.