The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has been enjoined to urgently convene a meeting to resolve emerging concerns ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The founding Director-General of the forum and chairman, Governors’ Mandate Group, Osaro Onaiwu made the call while speaking with newsmen in Abuja.
Mr Onaiwu said as electioneering activities gradually reach its peak, state governors, as guardians of the political process at the sub-national level, needed to come together to analyse the threats facing the polity, compare notes and proffer solutions to the challenges.
The politician noted that the threats by non-state actors such as insurgents, bandits, militants and secessionists could not be wished away.
He mentioned that the current reality is that gunmen are controlling large areas of the Nigerian territory, a situation which may compromise the integrity of the elections.
“We keep hearing cases of arsonist attacks on INEC facilities in the Southeast. Police and other security agencies are not even spared. As of today, there are whole local governments and federal highways that people cannot dare go to because of banditry.
“These are places where elections should hold but with the prevailing circumstances, a lot is left to be desired,” Onaiwu said.
The Public Relations strategist, however, believes that Governors could proffer a quick solutions out of the “conundrum with critical thinking and frank talks.”
Writing by Victorson Agbenson; Editing by Chinasa Ossai and Muzha Kucha