In one other signal of elite alarm over the deterioration of safety in Nigeria, representatives from fifteen of the seventeen southern states – hailing from the South West, South South, and South East geopolitical zones – met virtually on Might 4 and again on Might 11 for an in-person assembly in Asaba, Delta State to “harmonise their positions.”
Representatives included governors–a massive majority–and deputy governors. They met under the auspices of the Southern Nigerian Governors’ Discussion board (SNGF), which has lengthy been moribund however is now revived.
On the finish of the latest assembly, SNGF chairman Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the governor of Ondo State, learn out a communique issued by the group.
The group known as on President Muhammadu Buhari to convene a “nationwide dialogue,” insisted on the banning of open grazing in southern Nigeria, and “affirmed that the peoples of Southern Nigeria stay dedicated to the unity of Nigeria on the idea of justice, equity, fairness and oneness and peaceable co-existence between and amongst its peoples, with a deal with the attainment of shared objectives for financial improvement and prosperity.” Southern senators threw their weight behind the proposals put ahead by the SNGF.
Safety points, incursions by Muslim “Fulani” cattle herders, and frustration with the federal authorities’s incapacity to offer safety seems to have introduced collectively governors from Yoruba, Igbo, and minority-ethnic group states. Most, however not all, are Christian. It stays to be seen whether or not the SNGF, after years of irrelevance, turns into an essential political entity.
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