The postponement was necessitated by the invitation President Muhammadu Buhari of all Chairmen of State Councils of Traditional Rulers to a parley on June 29, 2016.
Dr Alfred Chiakor, Head of Secretariat/Summit Coordinator in a statement, weekend, said “The rescheduling is consistent with the imperative of deference to the presidential summon, the highest authority in Nigeria.
To perfect strategies on sustaining the momentum for a fruitful summit, the Executive Committee of the South – South Monarchs Forum convened an emergency meeting where it deliberated and unanimously resolved to ratify the postponement, as the meeting will provide yet another platform for interface.”
Hr noted that having considered the state of the nation and in line with presidential authority, which supercedes any prior engagement, it was natural to shift the timing of the summit to another nearest date.
The shift in dates, he added, will enable the forum to strengthen the objectives by reaching out to other critical stakeholders and appealed to all aggrieved parties to shield their swords of violence to allow the President Buhari led government chart a steady course for resolving the remote and immediate causes of the crises.
“The Forum is appealing for calm to enable the Royal fathers initiate measures to douse the tension and provide long term solutions to the restive Region. They also called on the nation’s security establishment to exercise restraint so as not to further aggravate the already charged situation.”
He Chiakor added that the forum’s belief that “achieving sustainable peace requires robust synergy, which is the critical element for harvesting inputs and other strategic platforms for engendering peace and stability.”
He also noted that “broadening resource and contact database would in no small measure stimulate interest for a broad consensus, as any avenue to explore holistic blueprints that has the capacity to rein in the triggers of recurrent crises in Nigeria and consolidate unity and prosperity of the Region cannot be compromised.”