A report by The Nation indicates that 23 out of 36 governors in Nigeria have keyed into the call for restructuring and the establishment of state police.
Recall that 17 governors in the southern region had earlier called for restructuring as part of their 12-point resolution in Asaba, Delta state.
The Nation stated state six governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the north have also joined the clamour.
Bellow is the list of the 23 governors:
The southern governors
1. Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia state)
2. Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom state)
3. Ben Ayade (Cross River state)
4. Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta state)
5. David Umahi (Ebonyi state)
6 Ifeanyị Ugwuanyi (Enugu state)
7. Hope Uzodinma ( Imo state)
8. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu (Lagos state)
9. Prince Dapo Abiodun (Ogun state)
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10. Seyi Makinde (Oyo state)
11. Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo state)
12. Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti state)
13. Gboyega Oyetola (Osun state)
14. Nyesom Wike (Rivers state)
15. Douye Diri (Bayelsa state)
16. Godwin Obaseki (Edo state)
17. Willie Obiano (Anambra)
Six PDP governors from the north
18. Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto state)
19. Dairus Ishaku (Taraba state)
20. Samuel Ortom (Benue state)
21. Ahmadu Fintiri (Adamawa state)
22. Balla Mohammed (Bauchi state)
23. Bello Mattawale (Zamfara state)
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has described as false some media reports claiming its Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, is opposed to the call for the restructuring of the country by southern governors.
Benjamin Kalu, the spokesman of the Green Chamber, said in a statement on Friday, May 14, that Gbajabiamila and the current House have shown commitment to a total review of the 1999 constitution to meet the yearning and aspiration of the Nigerian people.
Simlarly, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, one of the leaders of Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-cultural group, has finally commented on the secessionist agitation for the Yoruba nation by some activists in the southwestern region.
Chief Adebanjo said the failure of the Nigerian government to protect the citizens and other issues led to the secession calls by some youths from some regions in the country. The Yoruba leader, however, said Afenifere group does not support the agitation to divide the country.
According to Adebanjo, restructuring is the only solution that can solve all the problems Nigeria is facing, including the security challenges.
However, the president of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, on Thursday, May 13, faulted the call for restructuring the country by the Southern Governors Forum.
Speaking to newsmen at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Lawan said it was wrong for elected officials to lead such agitation.
The Senate President further said the worsening security situation in the country is a result of a lack of a functional local government system.