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‘Come together and discuss’ — Jonathan bemoans hostility among governors

‘Come together and discuss’ — Jonathan bemoans hostility among governors
May 16
22:57 2021

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has bemoaned the disunity between southern and northern governors in tackling the country’s challenges.


After meeting in Asaba, Delta state capital, on Tuesday, southern governors had announced their resolve to ban open grazing and movement of cattle by foot in the region, while also calling for the restructuring of the country.

Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi, had criticised the demand for restructuring, urging the governors to implement financial autonomy for the judiciary in their states.

Nyesom Wike, governor of River state, had maintained that their demands must be respected, adding that southerners are “not second class citizens”.


Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of Delta, also noted that the southern governors should not be vilified over their stand.

Reacting to the back and forth, Jonathan appealed to the governors to unite and properly address Nigeria’s multiple problems.

He said the governors should engage in a more inclusive roundtable discussion that won’t leave anyone out.


“Governors themselves should continue to meet, I don’t really love a situation where the northern governors will meet then the southern governors will cry foul,” the former president said on Sunday in Benin, Edo state capital.

“Then the southern governors will meet then the northern governors will cry foul, that will not help our country.

“The governors, through the governors’ fora should meet, they are the people who run this country, the president is just one person in Abuja.

“So if the governors of the states meet to dialogue and interrogate things that are good for this country, then we will move forward.


“I don’t really enjoy the antagonism between governors, they should come together and discuss.

“If there are issues that are affecting one or two states, I think the governors should see how they can collectively come with a way to address those issues.”

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    add May 17, 15:21

    Mr. president rests your kindness, everybody has seen how kind in foolishness you have been but no one will reason with you because you are myopic, open your EYE Mr., like father like son.

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