Niger State Governor and Chairman of Northern States Governors Forum, Dr Babangida Aliyu, says the North would embrace the National Dialogue being organised by the Federal Government with a view to sorting out knotty issues affecting the area and the country.
The ‘Chief Servant’, who spoke at the turbarning of Daniel Madubualla at the palace of the Lamido of Adamawa, yesterday, made it clear that the North was not afraid of discussing any issue at the conference, knowing that its outcome could make Nigeria a better country.
While extolling the talks, the governor, however, called on the 19 governors of the North to select their ‘first eleven’ teams to the conference so as to be able to understand the issues at stake and make necessary contributions.
The governor said, “The North is not afraid of the conference being planned by the Federal Government. We should have nothing to fear because I believe strongly that Nigeria will come out of it a better country that it is today.
“We should therefore embrace the National Conference and send in our first eleven teams and avoid dealing with charlatans and people who cannot discuss the issues at stake and bring about the required peace and united of this country.
Commenting on the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the governor explained that the struggle of the seven governors of the party against the leadership was to entrench a more democratic political culture in Nigeria and bring about peace, unity and development in Nigeria.
Aliyu said what they were doing was not a personal fight but an altruistic march towards bringing about more democratic dividends for Nigerians at all levels.
Meanwhile, Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State has said that the threat by the PDP to treat the G7 Governors as criminals was a clear indication that the party leaders were openly opposed to peace and reconciliation.
Nyako, who spoke through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Mr. Ahmed Sajoh, described as unfortunate and uncharitable the comments credited to Olisa Metuh, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, that they would henceforth dealt with the G7 governors and the Baraje group as common criminals.
Metuh handed down the threat following a court ruling on Friday barring the Baraje faction of the party from operating any further.
“What Metuh said is unfortunate and unsuitable for the current political climate in which we have found ourselves. It does not also show that they are genuinely interested in peace and reconciliation, ”Sajoh lamented.
Meanwhile, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Aliyu and Nyako, members of the G7 Governors, held a closed- door meeting Friday night at the country home of the former vice president in Yola.
Though the agenda and deliberations at the meeting, which started at about 9pm and lasted till midnight, were not known, political observers said the meeting was in furtherance of the moves by the G7 governors and their PDP faction to chart a new political road map for the country.
Anxious journalists who attempted to gain entrance into the house of the former vice president, venue of the meeting, were barred from doing so.
A source told Sunday Vanguard that only Atiku, Nyako and Aliyu participated in the meeting to ensure its confidentiality.