- The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum has berated the Northern Governors Forum (NGF)
- The forum accused NGF of arrogance, saying the era of lording over its stance on the nation is over
- The forum consists of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere, and Middle Belt Forum leaders
The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum has said that the utterances from the Northern Governors Forum (NGF) defending the controversial social media bill and condemning the #EndSARS protesters are divisive and insensitive.
The forum said this after an emergency meeting it held in Abuja on Wednesday, November 4, insisting that going forward, governors from the core northern states will no longer dictate to the rest of the country.
Prominent members in the forum include Pa Edwin Clark, Senator Bassey Henshaw, Ayo Adebanjo, Yinka Odumakin, John Nwodo, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, and Pogu Bitrus.
Part of the communique read:
“We make it abundantly clear to our colleagues from the core north that yesterday ended last night and never shall this country be run the same old way. No section of the country can play any supremacist role again as if the rest of us are fools.
“It is either we live together as equals under the same rules of engagement or we explore other options as dignified human beings.”
Recall that governors of northern states recently called for the censorship of social media, saying it helps in the spread of fake news across the country.
At a meeting in Kaduna state on Monday, November 2, the governors said the effect of uncontrolled social media is devastating, adding that some people took advantage of the recent #EndSARS protests to push for Nigeria's disintegration.
Recall that the resolution of the northern governors had generated reactions on social media.
Paul Smith Obasi wrote on Twitter:
“Northern governors want social media censored, vows to keep Nigeria one. Who the hell these guys think they are, this country does not belong to the north and northern governors and their emirs can’t decide on what happens, what audacity!”
Ovie Victor wrote:
“Northern governors call for censorship of social media. There you go. Southerners should keep leaving in self-denial that we are on the same page. Only united when it comes to oil wealth.”
Chukwuemeka Obum wrote:
“These northern governors are bunches of misfit leaders that have failed to realise that social media is not the only means of modern communication we the youths communicate with.”
Similarly, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has blamed the violence that erupted after the #EndSARS protests on fake news.
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According to the IGP, social media was awash with fake news which he opined, triggered the violence.
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