The seventeen governors of Nigeria’s southern states have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of urgency convoke a national dialogue.
The Southern Governors forum stated this on Tuesday in a communique read by its Chairman, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, at the end of its meeting in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
The governors explained that convening a national dialogue would help address the several agitations from Nigerians in different regions of the country.
“In view of widespread agitations among our various peoples for greater inclusiveness in existing governance arrangements, the Federal Government should convoke a national dialogue as a matter of urgency,” the communique read.
“The progress of the nation requires that urgent and bold steps be taken to restructure the Nigerian Federation leading to the evolution of state police, review of revenue allocation formula in favour of the sub-national governments and creation of other institutions which legitimately advance our commitment to and practice of true federalism.
“In deference to the sensitivities of our various peoples, there is need to review appointments into Federal Government Agencies (including Security Agencies) to reflect federal character as Nigeria’s overall population is heterogeneous
By Abel Ejikeme