- More reactions continue to trail the recent resolutions by the Southern Governors Forum
- Governors Ifeanyi Okowa and Nyesom Wike have dismissed those criticising the resolutions of the forum
- The Delta state governor and his Rivers counterpart say there is no going back on the issues raised at their meeting
Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Saturday, May 15 said resolutions reached at the Southern Governors Forum's meeting held in Asaba recently were for the good of the nation.
Okowa stated this while speaking at the empowerment of constituents of Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency by their representative and minority leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Godwin Elumelu, in the state capital.
He said that anyone casting aspersion on the resolutions of the forum towards a better Nigeria did not mean well for the nation.
He commended his colleagues in southern Nigeria for putting the interest of the nation above political affiliations, tribalism, religious inclinations, and selfish interest.
According to a statement sent to Legit.ng by the Delta state government, Okowa thanked members of the National Assembly from Southern Nigeria for replying to their colleagues appropriately over their unguided statement on the position of the Southern Governors' Forum.
On his part, Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has said the decision of the 17 southern governors must be respected, describing them as “irrevocable.”
He said those opposed to resolutions taken by the southern governors should realise that no section of the country was inferior to others.
A statement seen by Legit.ng from the Rivers government, noted that Wike made the comments at a grand reception held in his honour by the Ogoni people in Bori, Khana local government area of the state on Saturday, May 15.
He was quoted as saying:
“We have taken a position and there’s no going back. Enough is enough. We are not second-class citizens of this country. We also own this country.”
Meanwhile, members of the minority caucus in the House of Representatives from the 19 northern states have endorsed the recommendations of the Southern Governors’ Forum.
In a statement signed by some of the members from Kaduna, Plateau, Taraba, Benue, and Kogi on behalf of the minority caucus, the lawmakers expressed support for the position of the governors, saying it is best for Nigeria.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the governors of the 17 states in southern Nigeria met in Asaba, the Delta state capital, on Tuesday, May 12.
At the meeting, the governors discussed several issues including lopsided appointments by the federal government, security, open cattle grazing, and restructuring of Nigeria.
The governors also agreed to ban open grazing in southern Nigeria due to the insecurity challenges in the region.