Governor Udom Emmanuel has commended the Global Peace Foundation in collaboration with Vision Africa, organisers of the three day Inclusive retreat on Security held at Warrenton, Virginia, United States of America.
Mr. Emmanuel made the commendation while fielding questions from state House Correspondents on his arrival at the Victor Attah International Airport , Uyo.
The governor who said the retreat was timely and expressed optimism that Nigeria would benefit from the retreat.
The state chief executive was optimistic that collaborative efforts of all Nigerians across sociopolitical and ethno-religious devides was needed to restore peace in the country.
The governor said the current situation in Nigeria has called for concern of all Nigerians and even non-Nigerians, stressing that it has become imperative for the various sections of the nation to unanimously acknowledge peace as a basic need and seek ways to achieve it.
“It is just for all of us to agree that this is what we want and we will get it. Once we agree that peace is what we want we will get it”, he stated.
According to him, “the whole world is trying to come together to chart a course, where we have to go back to how we used to live together. That’s the whole idea”.
The Governor however sued for patience and the cooperation from citizens and stakeholders in the project, assuring that Nigeria will be better for it.
“It’s a process. It’s not something we can achieve in one day. Now that we’ve started the process, we must keep the momentum and everybody must be back to the table to speak and let’s see where Nigeria will be tomorrow”, Governor Emmanuel maintained.
He thanked the International President of Global Peace Foundation, Mr. Jimmy Fling, Mohammed Camara of Guinea, Bishop Onoha of Nigeria and other contributors at the conference, recounting that all participants acknowledging peace as the one word all must strive to establish.
“We are all working towards that and in a nearby future we will achieve that. We really want to find a lasting solution”, he affirmed.
Governor Emmanuel also thanked the people of Akwa Ibom State for the opportunity to serve and be portrayed in good light, expressing gratitude for the privilege of being selected as a key influencer to be part of the mission.