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Our worries about Nigeria, by 4 Northern governors

By The Rainbow
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Four northern governors have had a private meeting with former Military Heads of State, Ibrahim Babangida and Abudusalami Abubakar in Minna, the Niger state capital

The governors which include Rabiu Musa Kwankwanso of Kano, Aliyu Wammako of Sokoto, Sule Lamido of Jigawa and the host governor, Muazu Aliyu of Niger, said there are in Niger state to consult with the former heads of state on the way forward for the country.

Concerned about the current issues across the country, the four governors converged at Minna to seek audience with Messrs Babangida and Abubakar.

With the arrival of the two former military heads of state, the meeting went into a closed door session, leaving eager journalists to wait for the outcome of the meeting.

According to the reports,  the governors complained about the stifling of political atmosphere in the country. Some of the issues raised by the governors, it was learnt, include: thefestering Rivers crisis which has grave implications for the national polity; destbilisation of the Nigeria Governors Forum and intolerance of the opposition and opposing views by the Presidency.

Reports indicate that the  governors pleaded with two former Heads of State to prevail on President Goodluck Jonathan to guarantee a free political space for democracy to thrive.

They said their concern was not about which zone would produce the President in 2015, but how to get to 2015.

They urged the two leaders to link up with other statesmen to save the nation's democracy.

Three hours later, the door was opened and the host governor; Muazu Aliyu of Niger state briefed the waiting journalists,

General Babangida who described the governors as patriots commended them for their active interest in the affairs of the nation.

It will be recalled that these four northern governors were in Rivers state last week for a solidarity visit to Governor Chibuike Amaechi.