18 July 2010

Nigeria: Benue Leaders Disown Suswam Over Zoning

Lagos — Some prominent citizens of Benue State have faulted the call by the state governor, Gabriel Suswam, for jettisoning of zoning and power rotation, insisting that the governor was wrong to have merely spoke for himself and not for all on such a "sensitive and controversial" issue.

The governor was reported to have recently assembled like minds in the state to make the call for jettisoning of the zoning.

Some indigenes of the state in a three-page letter addressed to Suswam, stressed the need for him to avoid a hasty decision on the matter, and requested him to make "very wide and thorough consultations with the people and all stakeholders in Benue project".

Those that signed the letter included Iyorchia Ayu, Ignatius Ayua, Daniel Saror, David Iornem, Enyantu Ifenne, Stephen Agbor and Joseph T Bendega.

Others are Joseph Avenger, Oriya Obande, Moses I Atagher,.Zacharys Anger Gundu, Ukertor Gabriel Moti and J.K.N.Waku

The 13 signatories of the letter described zoning and rotation as a political tool for equity and justice which, according to them, "was first articulated by late Aper Aku and sold to the entire country which has been widely accepted and has been in practice since 1982."

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