An elder statesman and former Minister of Aviation under the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, has described the decision of southern governors to meet over insecurity as a good development for Nigeria,
He said the move is laudable especially if the resolutions arrived at are effectively implemented.
Babatope stated this Wednesday during a radio current affairs programme monitored by newsmen in Osogbo.
According to the elder statesman, “It is going to work if we work towards it for the unity of the country and not for any geopolitical aspirations.
“The decisions of the southern governors to meet is good enough and the resolutions arrived at in Asaba yesterday should be followed up with trust and keenness.
“We should not allow what the southern governors have started to slip away”, he warned.
Continuing, the former minister called on Nigerians to encourage President Muhammadu Buhari to do the right thing adding that when it is done, things will get better in the country.
“The President should come out and address the issue which the southern governors have put forward.”
While clamouring for the creation of state police and review of revenue allocation formula as means of ensuring justice and fair play in the country, he warned that calls for secession should be properly addressed.
He advocated restructuring as a way out for those calling for secession adding that such calls should be done with a lot of sense.
Newsmen report that the southern state governors of Nigeria had met in Asaba, the Delta State capital on Tuesday 11th of May to deliberate on issues.
At the end of the crucial meeting, they resolved to ban open grazing in the entire region, called for national dialogue, the evolution of state police, and the unity of Nigeria.
They also asked President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation.
Thirteen governors were present at the meeting while two were represented by their deputies.
The Osun State governor, Adegboyega Oyetola and his Abia State counterpart, Okezie Ikpeazu were noticeably absent and did not send their deputies to represent them.