The 17 Governors in the Southern part of the country, under the aegis of the Southern Nigeria Governors Forum have banned open grazing of cattle across states in the region.
The Governors also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to address Nigerians on the state of insecurity in the nation.
The Forum stated this in a 12-point communique read by its Chairman, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the Governor of Ondo State, at the end of its four hours meeting held in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
The Forum said, “Southern Governors expressed very grave concern on the security challenges currently plaguing the nation and strongly urged that Mr. President should address Nigerians on the challenges of insecurity and restore the confidence of our people.”
“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.”
“Consequently, the meeting resolved that open grazing of cattle be banned across Southern Nigeria.”
“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 arrange ants, the Federal Government should convoke a national dialogue as a matter of urgency.”
15 Governors were in attendance at the meeting. They are Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Dr Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), and Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos).
Others are Douye Diri (Bayelsa), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), David Umahi (Ebonyi), Willie Obiano (Anambra). Imo and Akwa Ibom States were represented by their deputy governors, while Osun and Cross Rivers state Governors were absent at the meeting.