Perhaps as a way of lending his voice to the on-going debate on where Cross River State’s next governor should hail from, the Guv’nor of the Cross River State chapter of De Norsemen Kclub of Nigeria International, a socio-political but politically non-partisan organisation, registered with Nigeria’s Corporate Affairs Commission (RC:7458), has disclosed exclusively to calitown.com that, “CR’s next governor must come from the Northern Senatorial District for equity, fairness, justice as well as to guarantee a seamless political transition process that will in itself cement the state’s secure and stable nature.”
John Otu Agba, insists that “obvious common sense should point us all to the fact that the North which has never produced a governor will feel further alienated if the next governor does not come from there”, and that “those who talk about the Calabar/Ogoja Accord today, are parochial and not in touch with today’s political reality”.
“It has become necessary for my organisation which has been pushing for a peaceful and stable polity through our national converges to insist and work towards ensuring that nothing is done to unsettle the peace in CR that has been key to the more than $5 billion direct investment that has come into the state any many more who drawn to the peaceful nature of our state, will come here”, he added.
When calitown.com pointed to the fact that his declaration amounted to taking sides, Agba said, “no, De Norsemen are not taking any political sides, but sounding out to political players that nothing should be done to sweep under the carpet, the wishes of the hardworking people of CRS who often give it their all to live in peace”.
“Our organisation, De Norsemen Kclub of Nigeria International”, he revealed further, “has embarked, in the last couple of months, on a national peace campaign through the converges we have strategically held in Nigeria’s geo-political zones. We just finished a converge in Jos, Plateau State and former Plateau governor, Joshua Dariye, delivered a paper. We held another one in Bayelsa. Recall too that one was held here in Calabar early this year and the renowned social analyst, Dr Okpo Ojah, was the guest speaker. Our national officers and the officers here, paid a courtesy call on the Secretary to the State Government, Mike U. Aniah before that converge, just like the state commissioner of police and the SSS director in the state got invitations to the converge and sent in representatives. The one we held at the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, Dr Olu Aboderin, the Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, gave the converge lecture.” He continued, “in Dallas, Texas (USA) last month, we had a converge there, one we christened AFRICANS CRY FOR HELP, to draw international attention to Nigeria’s domestic challenges. In Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, this November, 2013, we will at the Ibom Le Meridien Hotel, have the International Converge of our organisation and all of our efforts are geared towards working for peace in Nigeria”. He maintained that the chapter in CRS is in sync with the current national posture of his organisation to identify and take a positive stand on critical issues that define the lives of a greater percentage of Nigerians
Commenting further, John Agba revealed that “in February of 2014, at the state wide converge we will have in Ugep, Yakurr LGA, Cross River State, we will brainstorm and articulately pursue the path of peace which our members across the state will propagate.
The Norsemen helsman intimated further that his organisation has long worked for peace, ” even in 2003, during former Gov. Duke’s second term elections, Gov. Imoke who then headed that campaign organisation, granted us audience and we worked and pushed for peace, before, during and after that period, it is in our nature to do this as a body”.
On what his organisation is, Agba said, “we are committed professionals, excelling in choosen fields, have club houses all over the nation and abroad, where we meet. We have a website, a list of members who are law abiding, can sue and be sued in a court of law and then, Service to Humanity is what we pursue”.
He ended by commending CRS governor, “Liyel Imoke for delivering on his promises, urging him to work at delivering on all his Legacy Projects before he takes a deserved bow in 2015.
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