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INFLUENTIAL NIGERIA GOVERNORS’ FORUM; ABDULSALAMI ABUBAKAR BEGS GOVERNORS FOR UNITY; AS THE BODY WAKES UP TO ITS RESPONSIBILITIES

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Abdulsalami Abubakar begs state governors — act in unison to save Nigeria Federal Government to release N31 billion to state governments today NUGGETS •Negotiation and discussion are the greatest weapons we have for promoting peace and development – Nelson Mandela •Peace and development cannot exist without justice, justice cannot exist without fairness, fairness cannot exist without development, development cannot exist without democracy, democracy cannot exist without respect for the identity and worth of cultures and peoples. — Rigoberta Menchu •WRANGLING OR CONTENTION IS A HUMAN TRAIT: The first two personalities quoted above need no introduction. Mandela came and saw it all; engraving his name on the positive pages of history. They are unique role models. The author of the last three quotes above, is much younger than many of •‘’Truth is likened to an oil which will always rise to the surface. It is an indestructible fact that will remain constant no matter how long it takes to cover it. That is why the Bible instructs in Proverbs 23:23, “Buy the truth and sell it not.” ’Truth It is to stand firm and be resolute.’’ Stand for truth and fear not, because it is only the truth you know and apply that can help you in the hour of need or save you in times of trouble” — DK Olukoya THE HIGHLY INFLUENTIAL & POWERFUL NIGERIA GOVERNORS’ FORUM — GREATER INVOLVEMENT? From experiences as a participant-observant in top positions in governments for a considerable period of time, I stand convinced that the Nigeria Governors’ Forum is the most powerful group in the nation. It has always been so because they influence the people who will elect their preferences. Beyond this strong fact, State governors control, to a reasonable extent members of the National Assembly, and in some cases Hon. Ministers appointed by Mr. President. State governors are known to wield enormous powers such that they select political party executives. I recommend the observations below for speedy resolution of conflicts that are threatening national cohesion and stability. PRIMORDIAL GROUPING & WEAPONS: Since independence in 1960, Nigeria has had a number of general elections and have had administrations at the federal and states levels. The administrations have attempted to deal with political and economic situations in multifaceted ways. Some of these have left sour tastes and disaffection. But God has been good to Nigeria such that it has emerged victorious over problems…

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