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Southern Governors Ask Buhari To Convoke National Dialogue

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Ganiyat Ganiyu

Southern governors have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to convoke a national dialogue over the security challenges in the country.

The governors made the call in a 12-point communique read by its Chairman, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, at the end of its meeting held on Tuesday in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

They said that convoking a national dialogue would help to address agitations from Nigerians in different regions.

The communique read in part, “We observed that the incursion of armed herders, criminals, and bandits into the Southern part of the country has presented a severe security challenge such that citizens are not able to live their normal lives including pursuing various productive activities leading to a threat to food supply and general security.

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“Agreed that 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 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.”

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