The Eggon Media Practitioners of Nigeria (EMPON) has called on the people of Nasarawa State to resist the temptation of division and embrace the spirit of good neighbourliness to guarantee peace, progress and development in the state.
The Convener of the meeting, Comrade M. J. Akwashiki who made the call during a meeting of the group in Lafia, the Nasarawa State Capital, over the weekend lamented the ethno-tribal crisis witnessed in the state in recent times.
He said most of the crises could have been avoided if the political gladiators, traditional leaders and other stakeholders had cautioned their supporters and loyalists and openly preached the gospel of good neighbourliness.
Mr Akwash therefore urged political office holders in the state to see leadership as an act of God and a taxing responsibility which needs sincerity and accountability hence, the need to carry everybody along.
He also warned against negative reportage and the hate campaign against the Eggon people in the state, and called for peaceful coexistence between ethnic groups in the State.
“As professionals we must hold government accountable to the people at all times. The hate campaign against the Eggon community will only pitch the other ethnic groups against their neighbours, we must resist the temptation of causing division among ourselves to guarantee peaceful and harmonise relationship that would bring progress and development in the state”.
On the objectives of the EMPON, the convener said it would forestall unity and progress among the Eggon people and other ethnic groups in the state.
“We intend to bring back our lost rich cultural and potential and forester unity amongst the Eggon people and their neighbours in the State and beyond”.