January 29 declaration not honoured because of Naga politicians’ love for money and power: Chuba Ozukum

NONEY, Feb 16: “Ensuing Assembly Election in the State of Nagaland could have been stopped if the political parties and Naga politicians had honoured the January 29 Declaration supporting the Solution, Not Election demand. It was because of the love for power and money by the Naga politicians that the January 29 Declaration was not honoured,” said Naga Hoho President Chuba Ozukum.
The Naga Hoho President was addressing a mammoth gathering at the Valedictory function of the Nagas’ seed sowing festival, Lui-Ngai-Ni at Longmai Common Ground in Noney which is located some 40 km west of Imphal.
Chuba Ozukum stated that “all tribe hohos”, the Naga civil society organizations and political parties had “firmly resolved to boycott the Nagaland Assembly Election” demanding the settlement of the Indo-Naga political issue “but the Naga political parties and politicians succumbed to the lure of power and money”.
United Naga Council (UNC) President Gaidon Kamei harped on the importance of upholding one’s culture saying said that “our culture is our national identity”.
NPF Legislator Awangbow Newmai appealed the people to work for peace between the Nagas and the Government of India.
He stated that peace will remain elusive as long as there is no respect for one’s rights, culture and tradition.
MLA Khashim Vashum lauded the Nagas who are living in remote areas “for promoting the culture of the Nagas.
The three-day affair concluded today with performances from Naga artistes.
Rewben Mashangva, Awar Thanga Chiru, Alamle Herang and Chonchon Varah enthralled the crowd with their songs.

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