Chairman, Foundation for Ethnic Harmony in Nigeria, FEHN, Chief Allen Onyema has canvassed support for the incoming government led by General Muhammadu Buhari.
Onyema, who is the chairman of Air Peace, said now that Buhari had emerged as the next president, Nigerians irrespective of their political leanings should make it a point of national duty to support the in-coming government as one of the necessary steps needed to make to democracy work.
He spoke yesterday in Lagos while receiving an award bestowed on him as patron and global youth leader by Independent Pan-African Youth Forum, saying that democracy must be given a chance to work in the country.
Onyema said Nigeria would remain an indivisible country despite whatever upheavals that might arise.
He urged Nigerians to continue to work towards peace, which he said was a beacon for economic prosperity and political stability.
The FEHN boss said his organisation had been pursuing peace in the Niger Delta region for many years through youth engagement programmes.
He said the training of over 30,000 youths through the Presidential Amnesty Programme had brought relative peace to Nigeria for exploration of oil and gas activities in the Niger Delta region.
He said: “Nigeria will not break up; that is why we should not relent in making our contributions for the sustenance of our democracy.
“We have to drop our political leanings and allow democracy to work. The idea of deriding government endlessly should stop. Nigeria belongs to all of us and we must work hard to keep it together. No matter whatever we go through as a country Nigeria will not break up.
For this reason we must not relent in making contributions to sustain the continuous progress of the country,” Onyema added.
Commenting on the award, he said it was evidence of the sacrifice he had made over the years like the training of restive youths in the Niger Delta region.
Onyema expressed regrets that despite his contributions to peace in the Niger Delta region through youth engagement initiatives, he was yet to be recognised by government.
In his remarks, the global president of Independent Pan-African Youth Forum, Comrade Obinna Sixtus Nwoke praised Onyema for his contributions to training restive youths from the Niger Delta region, which he said had helped in keeping Nigeria.

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