South-south leaders want Buhari to return Nigeria to true federalism

South-south leaders want Buhari to return Nigeria to true federalism

- President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to restructure the country into true federalism

- At a meeting of the south-south leaders on Tuesday, the president was urged to make the refineries function again

- The south-south leaders also want the federal government to make sure that the refineries and seaports function effectively

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Elders and leaders from the south-south region of the country on Tuesday, November 24, met and demanded that Nigeria should be restructured to reflect true federalism.

At the regional meeting held in Port Harcourt attended by governors and traditional rulers, it was concluded that more needed to be done to ensure that the country is at peace with itself.

Speaking after the meeting, the chairman of the South-south Governors' Forum, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state, said the region wants the federal government to immediately privatise all the refineries to make them functional.

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Among top demands, the southsouth leaders also called for the revitalisation of the ports in Calabar, Port Harcourt and Warri.

While noting that Nigeria is not at peace with itself, the region also wants more to be done to ensure the protection of lives and properties.

Southsouth leaders want Buhari to return Nigeria to true federalism
Southsouth leaders appealed to President Buhari to return Nigeria to true federalism. Credit: Channels TV
Source: UGC gathers that the federal government delegation was led by the chief of staff, Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari.

Federal cabinet members at the meeting were Godswill Akpabio (minister of Niger Delta) Timipre Sylva (minister of state for petroleum) Festus Keyamo (minister of state for Niger Delta) Osagie Ehanire (minister of health) and others.

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Earlier, it was reported that Yoruba leaders demanded equal treatment of the nation and urged President Buhari to ensure that Nigeria is brought back to true federalism to avert a crisis like the one witnessed during the EndSARS protest.

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The resolution was made on Sunday, November 8, via a 13-point communique released when the Yoruba leaders including monarchs and ministers from the southwest region met in Lagos.

While backing the growing call for restructuring, they also concluded that corporate existence is the only way to foster the unity of Nigeria and explore its diversity for greatness.

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Meanwhile, President Buhari asked traditional rulers in the country to help in conveying the government's message to youths in the country.

Buhari made the statement on Thursday, November 5, when he held a meeting with some traditional rulers from different parts of the country in Abuja.

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