The governor of the Blue Nile State stressed that autonomy does not mean a new secession, and described the Juba Peace Agreement as a great gain for the people of the Blue Nile, while stressing the need for a unified national army in order to protect the borders.
While noting that Blue Nile autonomy does not necessarily mean secession, the governor, Lieutenant-General Ahmed Al-Omda Badi, said that failure to form a united national army threatens the country’s existence.
“We want an army that protects the borders from attack and interference,” Badi said.
“And the people should respect the army,” he added, while addressing a ceremony held on the occasion of his inauguration as governor of the Blue Nile in the Maamoura suburb of Khartoum.
The Blue Nile state governor stressed that the autonomy of the two regions should not be understood within the context of separation.
He said that autonomy indicates nothing other than developing services and using the region’s resources for its benefit.
Al-Omda said that autonomy does not necessarily signal a new separation, and stressed that Sudan will remain one country forever, and bemoaned the part that Sudan had previously lost.
“Sudan will stand united until the Day of Resurrection,” he declared.
He explained that the autonomy of the Blue Nile and south Kordofan regions is for development purposes, due to these areas having suffered from wars for a long time.
A Call to Lose Arms
Last Sunday, the head of the Sovereignty Council, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, issued a constitutional decree granting autonomy to the Blue Nile and South Kordofan regions.
During his speech, the governor called on the people of the Blue Nile to renounce regionalism and racism, pointing out that both do not aid in the advancement of the people.
Badi considered the Juba Agreement a great gain for the people of the Blue Nile, and that it brought gains that make the Blue Nile superior to Khartoum in terms of services.
He praised the leader of the popular movement, Malik Agar, who incepted the idea of autonomy for the Blue Nile region, while noted the “70% successful” idea of popular advice after the Naivasha Agreement of 2005.
He called for investing in peace in an optimal way, and praised the role of the President of the Sovereignty Council, his deputy and the Prime Minister for their strong will for peace and making it a reality.
Governor Badi appealed to Abdel Aziz al-Hilu and Abdel Wahed Mohamed Nour to put down the guns and join the path of peace and development.