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Insecurity, secession calls top agenda as 17 Southern governors meet in Asaba

The 17 governors in the Southern part of the country under the aegis of Southern Nigeria Governors Forum will meet today in Asaba, Delta State, with insecurity and secession among issues forming the focal points. It is described as an emergency make or mar meeting for the future of the region and Nigeria at large.

The governors had last week met virtually at the behest of Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa and Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, as chairmen of the governors’ forum in the Southwest, South-South and Southeast respectively.

Until now, many have wondered that unlike their northern counterparts with the formidable alliance, the southern governors have not seen the need to network. There are nine Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors, seven All Progressives Congress (APC) governors and only one All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in the 17 states.

Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command, Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral Jason Gbassa (left); General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division, Nigerian Army, Lagos, Major General Lawrence Fejokwu; representative of the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, David Setonji; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; State Chief Judge, Justice Kazeem Alogba; Air Officer Commanding Logistics Command, Ikeja, Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal Sunday Makinde and Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 2 Command, Ahmed Illiyasu, during a security stakeholders’ town hall meeting in Lagos…yesterday.



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