Weak governance causing agitations – APC governors

 Weak governance causing agitations – APC governors

Governors elected under the umbrella of the All ruling All
Progressives Congress, APC, have identified weak governance as the cause
of the spate of agitations by various ethnic nationalities.

The governors, under the aegis of the Progressives Governors’ Forum,
PGF, however, called for structured processes of national consultations
and negotiations to stem the tide of agitations.

This was part of a statement signed by the Forum’s Director General,
Salihu Lukman yesterday in Abuja, where the governors urged all
Nigerians, especially regional leaders to speak up against the upsurge
of elements they described as irredentist movements.

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The APC governors also pledged to work with party leaders, Federal
Government and all Nigerians who were committed to democratic
development to ensure unencumbered protection of lives of all citizens
in every part of the nation.
PGF insisted that regardless of diverse identities and differences, the country must thrive.

The statement said, “Acknowledging the rich diverse heritage of
Nigeria as a country, the PGF particularly note that the resurgence of
desperate youth groups promoting ethno-regional identities and extremist
positions from the different geo-political zones across the nation as
currently experienced is a reflection of prevalent weak governance, poor
economy and law enforcement system in Nigeria.

“PGF, therefore, called for the rise of all decent voices across this
country to speak up against the upsurge of some desperate irredentist
movements across all ethnic groups and support the emergence of a
stronger and virile unified Nigeria for us all. The Forum insisted that,
regardless of the nation’s diverse identities and differences, Nigeria
has to thrive.
“While acknowledging that as a nation, we do have challenges, PGF
believe that the resolution of those challenges rest with the
development of our democracy and with it, the ascendency of structured
processes of national consultations, negotiations and invariably
agreements.

“Some of the challenges are highlighted in the accompanying PGF
position – ‘There has to be a nation first.’ As governors elected under
APC, we will work with our party leaders, the Federal Government and all
Nigerians who are committed to democratic development in all parts of
the country to ensure unencumbered protection of lives of all citizens
in every part of the territorial boundary of our nation.
“We must create, by all means necessary, a country that we can
collectively call our home, irrespective of tongues and localities.‎”

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