Methane picks holes at NGF meeting
The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) stated that while the enlarged meeting of the Northern Governors’ Forum, NGF, was a positive development in the quest for greater cohesion in the north, some of the issues raised were appropriate while most were irrelevant. …
recently took note of the meeting of the Forum of Governors of the North with traditional rulers, members of the National Assembly, the Inspector General of Police and the President’s Chief of Staff in Kaduna.
“We especially congratulate the chairman of the forum, Governor Simon Bako Lalong, for convening such a meeting and striving to make it regular.”
“However, we are convinced that while the enlarged meeting is a welcome step in the search for better unity in the north, and some of the issues raised were appropriate, most are nonetheless irrelevant.”
“So, while we have some points of agreement with the decisions taken at the NGF meeting, at the same time, we have several points of disagreement with most of them.”
The CNG said they did not dispute NGF’s comments about the need to declare roles for traditional rulers.
“The CNG also agrees with the NGF on the need to quickly resolve the misunderstanding between ASUU and the federal government.”
“We also agree with the NGF that, to a large extent, social media platforms have become channels for the dissemination of false and dangerous information.”
“We also welcome the decision to maintain periodic contact with other segments of the northern leadership and key stakeholders.”
The CNG, while converging with the NGF on some issues, nevertheless seriously disagreed on many other issues and found that the NGF meeting was fundamentally flawed in many ways.
“Basically, the agenda of the NGF meeting was completely irrelevant in the sense that it paid more attention to #EndSARS and social media failures, which should not be far from the North’s concern on this issue. moment, “they said.
“The KKE and the vast majority of northerners are disappointed that such a meeting of northern governors and traditional leaders, elected representatives and senior federal government officials in the North considers it more important to focus on #EndSARS and social media. and neglect broader security concerns, youth anxiety, unemployment, poverty, declining agricultural goods and general economic downturn. ”
“We are disappointed that such a meeting lacks the courage to make clear statements about unprovoked attacks on northern countries and their property at a time when their southern counterparts are offering trillions of claims to Naira in compensation for their people.”
“We are disappointed that the meeting did not lack the necessary government skills to determine the North’s position on falsified reports of bogus attacks on Lekki protesters that are causing the country’s international concern.
“It is disappointing that the priority at the meeting was to send a delegation to assess the extent of the damage and to comfort the affected northern countries in the southern states.”
“We are disappointed that the meeting did not have the courage to discuss the need to pay compensation to innocent northerners who have been attacked, attacked, killed, displaced and deprived of their freedom.”
Hoping that the governors of the North and other leaders will rethink the apparent weak position taken during the meeting and correct their inability to formulate a more favorable northern position, the KKE expressed reservations about the two committees created, their stated functions and more important than the consequences.
They said that in the past, different committees had different tasks to develop recommendations for the region.
“But, unfortunately, many recommendations, no matter how workable they were, were usually sent to the dustbin of history.
Hoping that things will be different, at least this time, we also expect truly patriotic and productive minds to make significant contributions, especially to the Youth and Civil Society Committee, which should involve young people in solving their problems. … persistent calls for an end to the riots, “they said.
Source: – Vanguard