– Southern governors have been asked to stop attacking President Buhari
– The call was made by Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state
– Bello called on the governors to start restructuring from their states
Governor Yahaya Bello has warned governors from Southern Nigeria against fighting President Muhammadu Buhari or blaming him for the problems of the country.
The governor disclosed this while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme.
He said the President has restructured the country by granting judicial, legislative and local government autonomy, amongst others.
He consequently 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.”
Going further, he added:
“There have been collective failures across board, so let’s not just blame it alone on the federal government or Mr President alone.
“When we talk of restructuring, Mr President believes in restructuring, I believe in restructuring, all of us believe in restructuring but when we are talking of restructuring, from what angle to what? Which context?
“I will describe my own context about restructuring that first, from what Mr President has done by ensuring signing Order 10 signing autonomy to local governments, legislature and judiciary. That is restructuring. How made of us are practising all of these in our states? How many of us have given full autonomy to local governments? Mr President has signed it.”
Bello asked the governors to start the change they want to see from their states by granting judicial and local government autonomy in their domains.