Owing to a clash of timing, the South South Monarch' Security Summit scheduled to hold in Uyo from Monday June 27-30, has been postponed to 25-28 July. According to the organizers, The postponement is necessitated by the invitation by President Muhammadu Buhari of all Chairmen of State Councils of Traditional Rulers to a parley on Wednesday, 29 June, 2016.
The forum said in a statement signed by Dr Fred Chiakor, head of the summit committee and summit coordinator that the rescheduling is consistent with the imperative of deference to the presidential summon, the highest authority in Nigeria.
It said following the presidential call and to perfect strategies on sustaining momentum for a fruitful summit, “the executive committee of the South – South Monarchs Forum convened an emergency meeting where after deliberation, it was unanimously resolved to ratify the postponement, as the presidential meeting will provide yet another platform for interface”.
Rising from the meeting, Chiakor stated that having considered the state of the nation and in line with presidential authority, which supersedes any prior engagement, it was natural to shift the summit to another nearest date.
The shift in dates, he added, will enable the Forum further strengthen the objectives by reaching out to other critical stakeholders.
He appealed to all aggrieved parties to shield their swords of violence to allow the President Buhari-led government charts a steady course for resolving the remote and immediate causes of the crises.
“The Forum is appealing for calm to enable the royal fathers initiate measures to douse the tension and provide long term solutions to the restive region. The security establishment should also exercise restraint so as not to further aggravate the already charged situation,” Chiakor appealed.
Dr Chiakor emphasized the Forum’s belief that “achieving sustainable peace requires robust synergy, which is the critical element for harvesting inputs and other strategic platforms for engendering peace and stability”.
He also noted that “broadening resource and contact database would in no small measure stimulate interest for a broad consensus, as any avenue to explore holistic blueprints that has the capacity to rein in the triggers of recurrent crises in Nigeria and consolidate unity and prosperity of the Region cannot be compromised”.
According to the Forum, “time has come to lay the solid foundation for sustainable peace, stability, development and security for the Niger Delta region, and the only way out is to explore traditional approaches of mediation and consensus to develop an actionable blueprint to resolve the crisis in the region”.
The summit coordinator urged all stakeholders in the Nigeria project to encourage every initiative for peace, noting that the mushrooming of crises in different parts of the country is asymmetrical to the aspirations of our collective heritage. He appealed to investors operating in the region to support the forum and other genuine stakeholders to safeguard the integrity of the region and its national and natural assets.
He apologized for the inconveniences the postponement has caused, and urged all invited guests and participants to readjust their calendar to the new dates.
Dr Fred Chiakor
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