Concise News reports that Okowa made this statement on Thursday at the Niger Delta Peace and Security Summit held in Koko, Warri North Local Government Area.
“Nigeria will divide the very day the South-South agrees to join Biafra,” Governor Okowa declares.
Governor Okowa, who was represented at the occasion by his Executive Assistant/Directorate of Orientation, Barr. Eugene. A. Uzum, says some part of Nigeria are being oppressed just as he warns that peace may continue to elude the nation.
According to him, until the people in the South-South unite, they cannot move forward.
He notes that the “Federal Character system and ethnics” in the country have been grossly mismanaged by our leaders.
Governor Okowa, who identifies ethnicity as one of Nigeria’s biggest problems says, “Unless you are from a particular tribe in this country, you cannot secure a job. Unless you have one big man somewhere, you cannot get a job.
“Those who control the security apparatus are Hausas. A particular tribe runs the security apparatus.”
Also, Governor Okowa says “hate speeches” are also part of the problems of Nigeria.
The Governor, who laments the alleged injustice in the country, says the crude oil in the South-South region is being used to develop every part of the country, stressing that, “This is denigration.”
Furthermore, he points out that gold in Zamfara State and other solid minerals in the Northern region were left only for a few “cabals” and some “generals” with their companies to mine until bandits started killing people.
While noting that the mineral resources in the South-South region are very attractive, Governor Okowa blames its leaders in the area for their woes.
Governor Okowa, who spoke on the topic, “Peace and Security in the Niger Delta, the way forward,” says for the security operatives to have peace in the Niger Delta, they must maintain peace, asserting that, “Niger Delta is a wounded territory.”