Southern leaders affirm support for Jonathan

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Leaders of Southern Nigeria have thrown their weight behind President Goodluck Jonathan, commending him for the transformation of critical sectors in the country.

They have also applauded the President for his effort in providing security and fighting insurgency in the country.

The Southern Leaders’ Summit which was held in Calabar, Cross River State was attended by former Vice President Alex Ekwueme, Pa Olaniwu Ajayi, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Out, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Chief Olu Falae, and Dr Edmond Daukuro, the Amanyanabo of Nembe Kingdom among other southern leaders.

A communiqué reached after the meeting read in part, “At the end of deliberations, we leaders and people of Southern Nigeria resolved as follows: That Mr President be commended for his commitment and dogged effort in fighting the menace of insecurity in the country”.

“We commit ourselves to a united and indivisible Nigeria based on the principles of justice, equity and rule of law with ample respect and understanding for cultural, linguistic and religious differences. That we endorse an increase in revenue allocation to the federating units in a way that takes cognizance of the new responsibilities and residual powers of the federating units; that in line with the principle of democratic governance, decisions at the forthcoming National Conference should be by simple majority”, it said further.

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