Kohima, March 15: Outgoing Nagaland governor Nikhil Kumar today prayed for the well-being of the Naga people in the first session of the 12th Nagaland Assembly.
His emotional farewell address and prayers for peace, progress and early settlement of the decades-old Naga political problem received huge applause.
He also prayed to God to shower his blessings upon the people of the state and for an amicable solution to the Indo-Naga political problem.
He lauded the Naga organisations, which have been engaged in the peace process — the Naga Hoho, Naga Mothers’ Association, Naga Students’ Federation and Forum for Naga Reconciliation.
He said it would sound Utopian but he wanted to see Nagaland as the most progressive state in the country.
Concluding with an “amen”, he walked out of the Assembly full of emotion.
“If you allow me, I want to be a Naga,” he added.
The governor who is heading for Kerala said he would be an ambassador for Naga people wherever he would go.
A former police commissioner of Delhi, Nikhil is leaving the state after three years and five months as governor of Nagaland.
Earlier in his address, the governor said the NPF-led Democratic Alliance of Nagaland government was committed to step down if and when necessary to pave the way for any alternative arrangement that may come about through a negotiated settlement between the Centre and the Naga militants.
“My government recognises the Naga political problem as the key issue for the future of the people of Nagaland and remains committed to solving the long-standing problem,” the governor said.
The governor said despite various challenges his government was trying its best to provide good governance and development to the people.
Nikhil assured the people of effective administration, better roads and communication, improvement in health sector, development in rural areas, particularly in backward areas.