Amid deepening variations between the Northern and Southern governors over the 2023 presidency and Worth Added Tax, VAT, the Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade has harped on the necessity for Nigerians to be United.
Ayade urged each South and Northern political leaders to take a cue from former Head of State, Common Abdulsalami Abubakar’s 54-year friendship with the late Army Administrator of River State, Brigadier Common Anthony Ukpo (rted).
He careworn on the necessity for politicians to all the time assume Nigerian first and keep away from divisive tendencies.
Ayade spoke in his workplace whereas enjoying host to Abubakar who was in Calabar on a condolence go to to the individuals of the state and the household of the late Common Ukpo.
The Yala-born retired Common died a forth-night in the past after a quick sickness.
Nevertheless, Ayade counseled Abubakar for locating time to go to the state saying, “the teachings I’ve learnt out of your go to is that your 54 years of friendship with Common Ukpo is a real definition of friendship.
“I ponder should you would have saved that friendship should you have been a politician. Friendship is finest examined when one is gone. Politicians from North and South, certainly ought to take a cue from you.”
Additional extolling the previous navy ruler’s sterling qualities, Ayade stated: “So that you can come along with your pretty spouse and your youngsters to honour our brother is a factor of pleasure and now we have now seen why you stay a serious supply of success and a great story for this nation.
“That’s the reason God has saved you very wholesome very sturdy and really brilliant as you might have all the time been. I need to use this chance to thanks for bringing democracy to Nigeria and God will bless you immensely for this.”
The governor as soon as once more rued Common Ukpo’s demise, describing him as “an ideal son of the soil, a robust advocate for justice and equity who contributed vastly to the financial improvement of Cross River by siting all his investments in our expensive state.”
Earlier, Common Abubakar stated he would miss the friendship and companionship of the late Ukpo.
In accordance with him, he held the late Army Administrator in excessive esteem therefore his presence within the state to condole with the federal government and other people of Cross River State in addition to the deceased’s household.
“An honour I can do to such a long-standing pal, a really reliable one, an upright citizen, is to return and commiserate with you and the individuals of Cross River State and in addition with the household of Common Ukpo.
“So, by you, Your Excellency I need to convey our condolences to all of the individuals of Cross River State and in addition the individuals of Yala.
“Your Excellency, it might curiosity you to know that in these 54 years of our friendship I can not inform you the variety of occasions Tony had visited us in Minna together with his final go to being nearly two months in the past earlier than the great Lord took him. So we want the household all of the consolation and succour on this time of grief and loss”, the previous Head of State stated.
He thanked Ayade for standing with the Ukpo household of their second of grief.
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