Nigeria's Southern Governors Meet Over Deteriorating Security

Blog

In another sign of elite alarm over the deterioration of security in Nigeria, representatives from fifteen of the seventeen southern states - hailing from the South West, South South, and South East geopolitical zones - met virtually on May 4 and again on May 11 for an in-person meeting in Asaba, Delta State to "harmonise their positions."

(Representatives from Osun and Cross River states were absent from the in-person meeting, though Osun State's governor was present at the virtual meeting.)

Representatives included governors--a large majority--and deputy governors. They met under the auspices of the Southern Nigerian Governors' Forum (SNGF), which has long been moribund but is now revived.

At the end of the most recent meeting, SNGF chairman Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the governor of Ondo State, read out a communique issued by the group.

The group called on President Muhammadu Buhari to convene a "national dialogue," insisted on the banning of open grazing in southern Nigeria, and "affirmed that the peoples of Southern Nigeria remain committed to the unity of Nigeria on the basis of justice, fairness, equity and oneness and peaceful co-existence between and among its peoples, with a focus on the attainment of shared goals for economic development and prosperity." Southern senators threw their weight behind the proposals put forward by the SNGF.

Security issues, incursions by Muslim "Fulani" cattle herders, and frustration with the federal government's inability to provide security appears to have brought together governors from Yoruba, Igbo, and minority-ethnic group states. Most, but not all, are Christian. It remains to be seen whether the SNGF, after years of irrelevance, becomes an important political entity.

This publication is part of the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Project on the Future of Democracy. Blog posts represent the views of CFR fellows and staff and not those of CFR, which takes no institutional positions.

More From: CFR

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 900 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.

X