Nigerians are free to stay in any part of the country – Northern governors

The Northern Governors’ Forum has said its visit to the South-East was to assure people of the region that they are with them.

The Background:

President Muhammadu Buhari had sent a delegation of five northern governors to the South-East for peace mission.

This was after tension grew in the region, after the army deployed soldiers who allegedly maltreated members of the Indigenous People of Biafra.

In a statement on Tuesday by Imam Imam, spokesman of Aminu Tambuwal, the governors said they would consult political and religious leaders.

“A delegation from the northern governors’ forum will today and tomorrow pay a visit to the south- east and south-south geo-political zones of the country in efforts to douse tension and promote peace and dialogue among all sections of the country,” the statement read.

“The team, to be led by the chairman of the forum and governor of Borno state, Alhaji Kashim Shattima, will have in the team Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi and Hon Simon Lalong of Plateau states.

“The delegation will hold meetings with their counterparts in Rivers, Abia and Imo states.

“Apart from the visit to political leaderships in those states, the delegation is expected to meet with traditional and religious leaders. They will also confer with northerners resident in those states.

“Importantly, the delegation will reassure their counterparts in the south-south and south-east that all Nigerians are free to stay in all parts of the country, especially in the north, and that the entire north stands with the people of south-east in this period of heightened tension.”

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