Impelled by the security situation in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari met behind closed doors with state governors and security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja yesterday.
The meeting took place just as governors of the Southwest states served notice of a summit intended to address the threat.
Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had only a few hours earlier met at the Bayelsa Governor’s Lodge, Maitama, Abuja to discuss the worrisome situation and demand immediate establishment of state police.
The meeting at the Presidential Villa, which began at 11.01 am when President Buhari the Council Chamber, was attended by current and immediate past state governors across the political parties.
The state governors at the meeting included Ahmadu Fintiri (Adamawa), Babagana Zulum (Borno), Darius Ishaku (Taraba), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Emeka Ihedioha (Imo), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Mai Malabuni (Yobe) and Ifeanyi Ugwanyi (Enugu).
Also at the meeting were Governors Inuwa Yahaya (Gombe), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Abdullahi Badaru (Jigawa), Abdullahi Gamduje (Kano), Willy Obiano (Anambra), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi) Sani Bello (Niger), Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna) and Simon Lalong (Plateau).
Others were Governors Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Gboyega Oyetola (Osun), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Bello Mutawale (Zamfara), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Udom Emmanuel[A1] (Akwa Ibom) and Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa) and the Deputy Governor of Benue State.
Former Zamfara State governor, Abdulaziz Yari, also attended the meeting.
Briefing newsmen in company with the governors of Ebonyi, Kebbi, Delta, Ondo, Plateau and Borno states after the meeting, Governor Fayemi, the chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), said the meeting with the President was at the instance of the governors of the 36 states collectively.