NGF: The world has gone beyond military rule
The David Jang-led faction of Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF) has faulted the recent call for military intervention in Nigeria.
Chairman of the group, Gov David Jang of Plateau State, described the statement credited to former Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Festus Odimegwu, as disturbing and surprising.
Odimegwu whose short term as chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), Mr. Festus Odimegwu, ended in murky circumstances was reported to have advocated military rule in an interview with This Day.
Jang in a statement by the Sole Administrator of the Forum, Earl Osaro Onaiwu, advised the former NPC chairman to refrain from calling for military rule, reminding saying that the world has since gone beyond military adventure into political turf.
The Forum's chairman further said a comparison of the giant strides the nation had witnessed within 15 years of civilian rule were a sharp contrast to the under development of the country which was the hallmark of decades of military rule.Jang said no Nigerian would like to experience a return to military rule in the history of the country. Also, he urged the military to disregard the call.
'We call on all Nigerians to resist every attempt to denigrate civilian rule, but instead, do a personal evaluation and will find that civilian rule has been of immense benefit to all, even though we still have a long way to go owing to the many years of zero investment in basic infrastructure,' Jang said in the statement.
However, he commended military personnel for their sacrifice in the fight against terrorism and urged them to remain focused and committed to their primary role of providing peace and security