Former president Goodluck Jonathan has faulted the separate meetings being held by the northern and southern governors, saying such a situation only breeds hostility.
Jonathan said this after attending the thanksgiving service organised to mark the 50th birthday anniversary of Pastor Charles Osazuwa, General Overseer of Rock of Ages Christian Assembly International, in Benin City, the Edo State capital, on Sunday.
They also asked President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation; and also demanded the restructuring of the country, saying there is an urgent need for the president to convene a national dialogue.
However, some governors and influential persons from northern Nigeria have expressed their opposition to the resolutions.
One of such persons is Yahaya Bello, Governor of Kogi State, who had on Friday stated that his southern counterparts should be careful in how they approach the issue of restructuring, saying that they should instead implement financial autonomy for the judiciary and legislature in their states.
However, Ifeanyi Okowa and Nyesom Wike, governors of Delta and Rivers states respectively, have insisted that the southern governors must not be vilified and that their resolutions must be respected.
Reacting, Jonathan said the separate meetings and the back and forth comments made by the governors in the media is uncalled for.
The former president appealed to the governors to instead unite and properly address Nigeria’s multiple problems at a roundtable.
He said: “The governors should continue to meet; I don’t love a situation where the Northern governors will meet, then the Southern governors will cry foul and vice versa. This will not help our country.
“The governors through the governors’ forum should meet, they are the people who run this country, the President is just one person in Abuja.
“So if the governors of the states meet to dialogue and interrogate things that are good for this country, then we will move forward.
“I don’t really enjoy the antagonism between governors, they should come together and discuss.
“If there are issues that are affecting one or two states, I think the governors should see how they can collectively come with a way to address those issues.”