- Former Nigerian leader, Goodluck Jonathan has thrown his weight behind NGF amid the ongoing bickering
- Jonathan insisted that the platform remains the best to discuss issues affecting the country
- The former president, while faulting the argument among governors, urged the state leaders to shun hostility
Ex-Nigerian leader, Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday, May 16, faulted the separate meetings being held by governors of the southern and northern region.
The Punch reports that Jonathan backed the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), saying the issues affecting Nigeria are best discussed on the platform.
The former president made the remarks after attending a 50th birthday thanksgiving service in Benin.
According to him, the argument between the Southern Governors’ Forum and Northern Governors’ Forum following the SGF’s inaugural meeting was uncalled for, ThisDay reports
He went on to note that the situation where the governors of a particular region will meet, then the others will cry foul will not help Nigeria.
The former president while condemning the hostility among the governors urged them to meet and shun violence.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, on Saturday, May 15, said resolutions reached at the SGF meeting held in Asaba 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 anyone casting aspersion on the resolutions of the forum towards a better Nigeria did not mean well for the nation.
In a related development, southern governors may meet with President Muhammadu Buhari after his return from the official trip to France.
A source in the Southern Governors’ Forum confirmed that arrangements were being made for the governors to present their resolutions at their meeting in Asaba, the Delta state capital, to the president.