From Dan Amasingha, Minna
Governors of the North central states have disowned the newly formed North Central Peoples Forum saying it was a body without a clear cut objective and formed without input of any of the six governors.
The position of the Governors was made known after a virtual meeting held on Monday September 14, 2020 to deliberate on the recent emergence of the North Central Peoples Forum (NCPF).
The meeting was presided over by Chairman of the North Central Governors Forum, and Governor of Niger state, Abubakar Sani Bello.
In a statement personally signed by Niger state government Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello and made available to DAILY ASSET, said after an exhaustive deliberation, Governors reached some far reaching decisions.
“Members of the Governor’s Forum were never consulted collectively or individually by those behind the emergence of the North Central Peoples Forum.The Governors saw the news in the media just like other Nigerians.
“As governors of the North Central region, we are yet to be briefed about the objectives of the North Central Peoples Forum,” the statement said.
He explained that the six governors that constitute the North central “Wish to state categorically that the Governors are not part of the North Central Peoples Forum and shall not participate in its activities”
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello however, noted that they recognise the constitutional right of individuals and groups such as the North Central Peoples Forum to form lawful associations and pursue their aspirations.
“We reaffirm that as the North Central Governors we believe and are committed to the oneness of the North.”
The governors therefore, resolved to remain strongly committed to the objectives of the Northern Governors Forum under the leadership of Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State.
“The North Central Governors Forum shall continue to work for the sustainable socio-economic development of the North Central region and the progress of its people,” the statement added.
They also assured people of the North central zone of the inflicting support of North Central Governors Forum in welcoming views, suggestions, recommendations and ideas that seek to promote the unity and development of the North Central Zone, and by extension the entire North.