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Former Imo Attorney -General urges politicians to embrace peaceful coexistence

By Wandoo Sombo [NAN]


Mr. Chukwuma Machukwu-Ume, a former Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of Imo, has urged politicians to embrace peaceful coexistence for any meaningful development to take place.

Machukwu-Ume made the remarks while brokering peace between the extended family of Sen. Eyinnaya Abaribe (PDP-Abia) and the Catholic Diocese of Aba over a disputed parcel of land.

In a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja, he said that Nigeria’s political leadership should emulate Abaribe’s exemplary leadership of sacrifice in the pursuit of harmonious living.

The senior lawyer, who said he coordinated the peace process, noted that leadership involved a lot of sacrifice.

“What has happened is a reflection of what leadership is supposed to be, making sacrifice in order to keep the society in good harmony and showing example of sacrifice,” he said.

Ume said the senator also handed more than 22 plots of land to the Catholic Diocese of Aba following a memorandum of understanding with the church, bringing to an end years of misunderstanding on the parcel of land.

The 22 plots of land, located in Oholu community in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia, had been a subject of misunderstanding between the church and the Abaribe family.

Speaking on the occasion, Abaribe, who represents Abia South Senatorial District at the National Assembly, called on religious leaders to sustain their prayers for those on the frontlines, trying to ensure a better country for Nigerians.

Abaribe said that he decided to hand over the 22 plots of land as a gift to the Catholic Diocese of Aba for the common good of the community.

He also noted that no progress could be achieved without peace.

“When this dispute arose between my extended family and the Catholic Church, what was always at the back of my mind was that we should always seek peace that is what is in the bible.”

The senator advised politicians to always act in a manner that would advance the cause of the society with selfless service as a priority.

The Catholic Bishop of Aba Diocese, the Most Rev. Augustine Echema, commended Abaribe for his peaceful disposition saying that it would attract divine blessings. (NAN)

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