Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, on Friday, warned his counterparts from Southern Nigeria against fighting the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) or blaming him for the problems of the country.
The governor, who spoke while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme monitored by The PUNCH, said the President has restructured the country by granting judicial, legislative and local government autonomy, amongst others.
The PUNCH had earlier reported that about 17 southern governors met on Tuesday in Asaba, Delta State, and resolved to ban open grazing and movement of cattle by foot in the region. The governors called for the restructuring of the country along fiscal federalism, devolution of powers and state policing. They also called on the President to address the nation and convoke a national dialogue to address widespread agitations amongst various groups in the region.
But speaking on the television programme, Bello warned the governors to be careful of their utterances so as not heat up the polity.
“Let me caution each and every one of us, leaders across board including governors and all of the leaders across Nigeria that we should be careful about the words we use. When we are talking of security, unity and national cohesion of Nigeria, as leaders and politicians, we should be careful about the words we use when we are addressing these various topical issues.
“When we talk about restructuring or the various demands or resolutions put across by my colleagues from the South, they are quite germane and they are entitled to their opinions and I so respect it but when it is titled or when it appears as if you are fighting President Muhammadu Buhari, our father and our President, we are all getting it wrong because we get to where we are today as a result of maladministration of successive administrations.”
Continuing, the governor said, “There have been collective failures across board, so let’s not just blame it alone on the federal government or Mr President alone.
Stop Attacking Buhari He Has Restructured Nigeria