- Atiku Abubakar does not believe the solutions to Nigeria's problems are with the federal government
- The former vice president has advised governors to take the lead in organising a national summit that will be an avenue for brainstorming
- Atiku said this is the best approach to deal with the national issues on ground
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In Atiku Abubakar's view, Nigerian governors should take the bull by the horn and convene what he called a national unity summit.
The former vice president on Sunday, May 16, urged governors not to wait for the federal government or the presidency to address pressing national issues because the power to effect desired changes does not necessarily lie with them, The Cable.
He commended the decision of southern governors over the ban on open grazing but noted that Nigeria's problems are more national than regional.
“For too long, we have erroneously thought that the power to make effective changes lies at Aso Rock. But without the states, nobody can get to Aso Rock. That is why for anyone to emerge as president of Nigeria, he or she must secure enough votes in two-thirds of the states that make up the Nigerian federation."
The Punch reports that the ex-VP explained this is not the time for partisan politics, religious and ethnic sentiments.
Rather, Atiku urged the governors to accept whatever decisions and solutions offered at the proposed summit and take them to their various states for implementation.
Meanwhile, Nigerian governors had been reminded of the fact that the federal government's decisive and strategic efforts to end herdsmen/farmers' clash were rejected three years ago.
According to Lauretta Onochie, a presidential media aide, the government back in 2018 proposed to create 94 ranches across 10 states with the sum of N179 billion.
In a tweet on Wednesday, May 12, Onochie recalled that the move by the Buhari-led administration at the time was aimed at ending open grazing which has led to a lot of crises, especially in the south.