A rescheduled meeting of the of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum convened in Abuja on Wednesday night again ended in deadlock as no compromise was reached on the issue of state police that had pitted Northern governors against their Southern counterparts.
During an earlier meeting of the Forum on Tuesday August 7, talks on state police and constitution amendment which topped the agenda were postponed till after the Muslim fasting when all members would be back from Umrah (Lesser Hajj).
But the same scenario was recorded at the rescheduled meeting of the forum at the Rivers State Governor’s lodge Wednesday night as all the eleven governors in attendance eventually emerged without giving details of what transpired.
Journalists, who had waited patiently for the outcome of the poorly attended meeting that lasted over two hours, were disappointed as there was neither a briefing nor a communiqué. One after the other, the governors, most of who were represented by their deputies, emerged from the meeting venue with gloomy faces and shunned entreaties by waiting reporters.
Daily Trust learnt that for the second time the governors failed to agree on whether the constitution should be amended to pave the way for the establishment of state police.
The Forum’s Chairman and Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, failed to address the press as he did during the earlier meeting in which he read a terse two paragraphs statement that the debate on the constitutional amendment was suspended until after the Ramadan when all members would be back from Umrah (Lesser Hajj).
The northern governors had at their meeting on Thursday, July 26, said they would not support the call for the establishment of state police because the country was not ripe for such.
Earlier all the governors had met and agreed that the insecurity problem facing the country could only be tackled with the establishment of state police.