- The southern senators forum was revived after years of inactivity
- The senators said they would work towards uniting the country
- They noted that it would help them connect to their grassroots better
The hope held by Biafra agitators that there senators would move motion for the consideration of a referendum for an independent Biafra state seems to have been killed as southern senators declare their support for Nigeria.
Vanguard reports that the Southern Senators Forum re-emerged on Wednesday, July 5after years of inactivity.
Godswill Akpabio who is the senate minority leader announced the re-emergence of the forum said it was inevitable that it would exist.
He said: “We must ensure that we take decisions that will enable us get closer to our people as we provide a shoulder they can lean on.
“We are alive to our responsibilities. It is not just to pass Bills. We will take on topical issues that will alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians like security and creation of employment.
“We will make Nigeria one.”
Akpabio noted that the northern senators forum had always existed and that the southern version would help them connect with the grassroots.
“When they take decisions from the North, we will also take decisions from the South and from there, we will have a united voice in order to consolidate on the unity of the country."
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Akpabio announced that Sen. Hope Uzodinma (PDP-Imo) was chairman while Lanre Tejuosho was vice chairman.
Uzodinma said that the Southern Senators’ caucus would help in strengthening the unity of Nigeria “going by the recent agitation by various sectional groups across the country’’.
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