By Emeka Mamah
KADUNA â€” Chairman of the Northern Governorsâ€™ Forum, NGF,and Niger State Governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, yesterday said the country was going through what he described as â€œchallenging timesâ€ and called on his colleagues to be innovative in their approach to governance.
Aliyu also lamented that at 50 years of independence, Nigeria was â€œstill witnessing carnage of the kind in Plateau State when other nations in the same league with us at the time of our independence are today manufacturing aeroplanes and automobiles.â€
He spoke at the opening ceremony of the regular meeting of the NGF at the Government House, Kaduna just as workers of the Kaduna Textile Company Limited, KTL, criticized the 19 state chief executives over their alleged failure to pay them entitlements 10 years after its forced closure.
Apart from the KTL workers, some teenagers carrying portraits of ailing President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua also barricaded the road to the Government House, after security men prevented them from gaining entry into the premises.
Apparently referring to the cacophony of voices that trailed the politics of the empowerment of the Vice President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as Acting President, from the north, Aliyu warned his fellow governors not to always allow some paid agents to take control of the situation and claim to be speaking or negotiating for the north.
According to him, â€œwe must, therefore, not shirk that responsibility to create a room for others to lay claim to be speaking for the north and its people, when they may indeed be paid to speak for the parochial interest and selfish motives of certain individuals.
â€œWe must always be decisive in articulating our position as leaders of the northern states and negotiating reasonably in the interest of our people and the stability of the nation.â€