There might not be a consensus on the gravity of the illnesses at the moment plaguing the nation. However, everybody appears to be united on the realisation that the nation is ailing.
Additionally, there’s a normal understanding that the nation’s illnesses require pressing pragmatic consideration, however with out an settlement on what mode it ought to take.
Whereas some have steered a elementary re-ordering of the nation’s construction within the type of restructuring, others need the retention of the established order, however with minor tinkering right here and there.
The 17 governors of the Southern states rose from a gathering in Asaba, Delta State on Might 11 so as to add their voices to the controversy on methods to repair the nation. Moreover stressing the necessity for restructuring, additionally they urged the President to offer a platform for nationwide talk about on the way in which ahead.
Though some voices from the northern a part of the nation have since risen to counter the positions canvassed by the Southern governors, the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) Governors’ Discussion board (PDPGF) met in Ibadan, Oyo State on Might 17 to name for devolution of extra powers to the states.
Within the communique issued on the finish of the assembly, learn by the discussion board’s Chairman and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, the assembly urged President Muhammadu Buhari, “because the Chief Government Officer of Nigeria and Commander in Chief of Nigerian Armed Forces to right away ship an Government Invoice to the Nationwide Meeting to amend the Nigerian Structure to devolve extra powers to the States with respect to safety preparations culminating in some type of State Policing and the overall safety structure.
“The assembly helps the sooner place taken by the Nigeria Governors Discussion board, Northern Governors Discussion board and lately by the Southern Governors Discussion board to undertake ranching as essentially the most viable answer to the herders / farmers clashes in Nigeria; the restructuring of the Nigerian federation to devolve extra powers and capabilities to the States; and reform of assorted civil establishments to realize effectivity and fairness for all sections of Nigeria.”
The Might 17 assembly was the second of such gathering, in current time, by the PDPGF for the aim of suggesting methods to deal with the nation’s many challenges, the primary being on April 10, 2021 in Makurdi, Benue State.
Jonathan, Atiku problem
Whereas many different teams and people are additionally making recommendations on one of the simplest ways to go, a former President, Goodluck Jonathan intervened final week, arguing amongst others, that it was unhelpful for the governors to be working in silos, once they might simply obtain so much by working as a gaggle.
Figuring out the potentials of a united NGF at this attempting time, Jonathan threw a problem to the governors to prepared the ground in steering the nation’s ship away from the present turbulent course.
Jonthan, who spoke throughout a current go to to Benin, Edo State, mentioned: “Governors themselves ought to proceed to fulfill. I don’t actually love a state of affairs the place the Northern governors will meet after which, the Southern governors will cry foul; then the Southern governors will meet then, the Northern governors will cry foul, that won’t assist our nation.
“The governors, by means of the Governors’ discussion board, ought to meet; they’re the individuals, who run this nation, the President is only one individual in Abuja. The states, particularly in a rustic the place the native governments are very weak, it’s the states that folks fall again to. So if the governors of the states meet and dialogue, interrogate issues which might be good for this nation, then we are going to transfer ahead.”
Additionally, a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar urged the governors to work in concord and take the bull by the horn in evolving methods to salvage the nation with out essentially ready for a reluctant President.
He advised the governors to “overlook about your social gathering. Neglect about your tribe. Respect your faith and permit it to deliver out the higher a part of you. Meet collectively. Speak collectively. Give you the options to all our collective challenges. After which return to your states, and seek the advice of along with your federal and state legislators, with a view to getting them to work with their colleagues to implement the options you got here up with. That’s methods to save Nigeria.
“To maintain ready for this Federal Authorities to take the lead and impact the modifications that Nigeria must cease drifting, is to maintain ready for Godot. And that may be a luxurious we can’t afford.”
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Sebastine Hon expressed doubt that members of the NGF can be will and able to solid apart their primordial variations to behave in unison within the curiosity of a quick drifting nation.
Hon mentioned he barely shares the optimism of Jonathan and Atiku, as a result of with the way in which issues are, it could not be simple to assemble all members of the NGF collectively to conform to take frequent place on the challenges dealing with the nation, “since historical past has proven that the far north is vociferously against any type of restructuring.”
He added: “we have to be lifelike sufficient to know that we’re on this mess due largely to the actions of herders, who everyone knows are from the north. There’s sufficient proof to point out that many governors from the north are both in assist of the prison actions of these herders, or they’re too afraid to sentence them, or they care the least.
“Although Nigeria is one indivisible entity, we are going to solely be enjoying the ostrich if we assume or posit that there isn’t any north-south divide. Then again, I mildly agree with the ex-President that every one the Governors sitting collectively might deliver out options. However as I acknowledged above, this can be a tall dream, given the realities on the bottom.”
Can NGF prepared the ground?
Though members of the NGF haven’t all the time agreed all points, they’ve in most, circumstances constructed consensus round contending points and labored as a workforce to deal with such points. Cases abound the place all of the governors have collaborated and labored hand in gloves to deal with a problem.
A prepared instance exist within the method the governors agreed to all work to fight the issue of gender primarily based violence. Mid final 12 months, following the outrage expressed by teams and people over the rise in circumstances of rape and home violence, members of the NGF, at a gathering on June 10, 2020 unanimously agreed to declare a state of emergency on gender primarily based violence.
They adopted up with a decision for each state to enact legal guidelines, within the type of the Violence Towards Individuals (Prohibition) Act, to punish culprits of rape and different types of home violence.
The NGF’s strategy to the gender primarily based violence disaster was properly applauded each inside and with out the nation, with worldwide companies just like the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU), at a gathering held on July 15, 2020 on the UN constructing in Abuja, significantly commending the NGF’s daring transfer on the difficulty.
The NGF performed a crucial function within the dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic with its disruptive results on world actions. At that crucial time, members of the NGF spoke with one voice and acted as one. With their cooperation, the nation was capable of overcome the problem of COVID-19 with minimal bruises.
NGF’s Director Basic, Asishana Okauru famous this level throughout a current outing, when he noticed that the COVID-19 risk afforded the 36 governors the chance to work in synergy.
The governors have equally demonstrated their capability to work in synergy within the method they’ve to this point dealt with the difficulty of monetary autonomy for the Legislature and Judiciary on the state degree, and the accompanying Government Order 10. Whereas they’re unanimous in querying the constitutionality of the Government Order, which they’ve since challenged in courtroom, the governors have emphasised the necessity to adjust to autonomy offered for in Part 121(3) of the Structure.
Why NGF as catalyst for nationwide cohesion
It’s this similar spirit of camaraderie that folks like ex-President Jonathan, former Vice President Atiku and others need the governors to exhibit as soon as once more, significantly on this attempting time within the lifetime of the nation.
As argued by many, members of the NGF don’t have any possibility this time and lacked the luxurious of trying the opposite method, however to just accept the problem thrown at them by these eminent Nigerians, who consider they’ve the capability to proffer options to the nation’s many ills, as a result of the nation is at its crunch time.
They additional argued that the governors want to grasp that the nation should first be salvaged earlier than there could be states for them to preside over as governors. And, should due to this fact rise above clannish tendencies and confront the risk to our collective existence as a nation.