Northern Nigeria on Wednesday in Kaduna reacted to agitations for separatist State of Biafra, restructuring, state police and other burning issues by consulting their people at town hall meetings and producing a common position for the North as “a single entity.”
Though they reaffirmed their “commitment to ensuring that Nigeria remains a strong and united country,” they nevertheless said the time had come to discuss all “issues of interest” regarding the future of the nation.
The meeting coincided with the bloody clashes between soldiers and members of the Independent Peoples of Biafra in parts of Abia and Rivers states, which have claimed 10 lives.
The Kaduna meeting was the inaugural gathering of governors chosen by the Northern Governors’ Forum and Northern Traditional Rulers’ Council and headed by Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal.
Speaking after the inaugural meeting of the committee in Kaduna, Tambuwal said members had agreed to hold extensive consultations with stakeholders and leaders of thought in member-states with a view to coming up with an acceptable position that will reflect the views of the entire North.