Insecurity: Southern Nigeria governors call for national dialogue, ban open grazing

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Southern Nigeria governors

ASABA – The 17 governors of the southern part of Nigeria have called on the Federal government to immediately “convoke a as a matter of urgency,” to address the burning issues in the country.

The forum at its meeting held today (11th May, 2021), at Delta State Government House, Asaba, reviewed the situation in the generally and focused on the current situation, agitations/restructuring, prospect for inter-state collaboration and partnerships as well as on the incidence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the communique issued at the end of the meeting, the forum “recommended that in view of widespread agitations among our various peoples for greater inclusiveness in existing arrangements, the Federal Government should convoke a as a matter of urgency.”

The forum also frowned at the activities of herdsmen in the southern part of Nigeria and called for a ban on .

The governors “…observed that the incursion of armed herders, criminals and into the Southern part of the country has presented a severe 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 . Consequently, the meeting resolved that of cattle be banned across Southern Nigeria,” the communique read in part.

The governors also expressed their firm belief in the continued existence of Nigeria as one.

They said that they are “…committed to the of Nigeria on the basis of justice, fairness, equity and oneness and peaceful coexistence between and among its peoples a focus on the attainment of shared goals for economic and prosperity.”