SOUTH-SOUTH GOVERNORS DEMAND UNRESERVED APOLOGY FROM PRESIDENCY
Written by miebaka ikiriko on November 18, 2020
The People of the South-South Geo-political zone have demanded an unreserved public apology from the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Professor Ibrahim Gambari for aborting the planned leadership meeting with the people of the region in Port Harcourt.
The meeting hosted by the Rivers State Government at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Port Harcourt was at the instance of Professor Ibrahim Gambari to forge a common front with the six Governors of the South-South states, al serving Ministers from the region, Traditional Rulers, Inspector Generalof Police, Muhammed Adamu and the Director Genetal, Depertment of State Security Service, (SSS), Yusuf Magaji Bichi aimed at addressing the issues that lead to the recent nationwide youth #ENDSARS# protest, which ended in violence that caused destruction of lives and properties in the region.
Unfortunately, with all the Governors of the South-South State, Traditional Rulers and other key leaders from the region seated for the meeting, the Chief of Staff to President called to informof his inability with the federal government delegation to come to the meeting because of an earlier Security Council Meeting held with President Buhari.
The Chairman of the South-South Governors Forum and Delter State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, disclosed this to the leadership of the South-South Region in the meeting.
Senator Okowa, however, states the position of leaders of the region following what they described as embarrassing, disgraceful and disrespectful to the region which is the mainstay of the nation’s economy and demanded a public apology from the Chief of Staff which will form the basis to reconvene another meeting as requested by the Chief of Staff.
Government House Reporter, Ibim Walson Asako, reports that Ministers from the region serving in the Federal Executive Council were all absent at the meeting.