Pursue Peace for Speedy Development in Nigeria – Ita Enang tells political leaders
…asks Governors of derivable zones to pay into federation account
Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs, Ita Enang, has urged all political leaders across the country to put aside their differences and ensure that peace is restored in all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.
Senator Enang gave the charge in Uyo, on Saturday, while briefing journalists on the topic: “Reflections on Development in Nigeria” to mark the nation’s 22nd Democracy Day celebrations.
According to him, the challenges of insecurity, economy and unemployment in the country have become so tensed and thick that all hands must be on deck to salvage the situation.
The presidential aide said it was high time all political leaders in country buried their political differences, and work together for the purpose of restoring peace.
Enang added that the Federal Government was doing everything possible to ensure that peace returned to all parts of the country.
He noted that peace required collective efforts by Nigerians, irrespective of political, ethnic or religious affiliation to be restored.
“I am here to plead with Nigerians and all Akwa Ibom people that the tension in Nigeria caused by security challenges, challenges of the youth, challenges of the economy, challenges of unemployment and other matters are so tensed and have become so thick.
“That political players should down play political actions and up play the question of managing and mending security in this country”, Enang said.
Enang urged All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and all other political parties to join hands with the Federal Government to tackle the problem of insecurity in the country.
Enang said as a person and citizen of Nigeria, he would not discuss any issue that would tend to bring division in Akwa Ibom State for the time being, no matter his convictions, adding that he would sink political opinions and work with Governor Udom Emmanuel to ensure peace in the state.
“I therefore urge the APC, PDP and all political parties to sink all their differences at the federal, state and at the local government level so that we join hands with federal government to tackle the security and economic challenges confronting the nation, he said.
Enang commended Nigerians and the youths for their resilience in spite of the difficulties experienced across the country, advising that there would be no politicking without a state and country.
Speaking on derivable zones in the country, Enang insisted that revenues from solid minerals and other resources from states generating them should also be paid into the federation account.
He said it was unjust for other states and zones to extract their resources for personal use, while only oil revenues from the South-South zone are channeled to the federation account for sharing.
He regretted that the fall on the Naira value was largely because the nation had just crude oil to boost her foreign exchange
He said, “Governors of states generating revenue to the Federation account should rise and put pressure on governors of states with solid minerals and other resources to generate and pay into the Federation account.
“It is not only revenue from oil that should be paid into the Federation account and shared to everyone.
“If they do not stand up and speak about it, and demand it, then it would be taken that oil belongs to everybody and solid minerals belong to owners of those states.
“We are challenged today by the collapse of the Naira against other foreign currencies. This is because it is only oil that is earning the foreign exchange substantially”.
He commended governors for resolving the issues on finance autonomy with members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) and the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria(PASAN).
He said local government autonomy had was granted by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, but that the governors of the 36 states of the federation “have kidnapped and killed the local government funds”.
He said: “If the governors would allow local government funds to go to the owners, the Chairmen would be able to undertake relevant live touching projects and engage the local population in a way that would address security breaches”.