Northern govs head South-east, South-south for peace talks

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a delegation of northern governors to the South-east and South-south geo-political zones in an effort to douse tension in the regions.

The aim of the visit is to promote peace and dialogue among all sections of the country.

A statement by Imam Imam, spokesperson of the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, named the delegation to include the Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shattima, Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State and Hon Simon Lalong of Plateau States.

The statement reads: “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,” according to a statement issued by Tambuwal’s spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, on behalf of the other governors.

“The visit has the blessing of President Muhammadu Buhari and the consultations will continue with all stakeholders so as to enhance unity and peace in the Federation.”

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