Buhari absent as governors meet at Aso Rock
Members of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum are currently meeting at the State House Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, Abuja.
The governors are meeting over the state of the nation’s economy, insecurity, and healthcare, among other issues.
According to a statement signed on Tuesday by the Forum’s Director of Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, the state of Nigeria’s economy and security will be top-of-agenda at the meeting.
The meeting comes weeks after the governors suggested 33 ideas for the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to implement to salvage the nation’s economy.
Barkindo noted that the NGF is concerned about the economic hardship that has bedeviled Nigerians under the regime.
“Several governors reasoned that it is high time to tell each other the bare truth by confronting each other on the situation and brainstorming on it. This formed the basis for resorting to an in-person meeting which since the outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic been relegated by the states’ executives,” the statement read.
At the time of this report, at least 25 governors were in attendance some of whom were presented by their deputies
They include the governors Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Babagana Zulum of Borno, Bala Mohammed of Bauchi, Godwin Obaseki of Edo, Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe, Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa, Simon Lalong of Plateau, Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara, Hope Uzodinma of Imo, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, Dave Umahi of Ebonyi and Gboyega Oyetola of Osun.
Also in attendance are the Deputy Governors of Kogi, Edward Onoja, Adebayo Lawal of Oyo, Moses Ekpo of Akwa Ibom, Cecilia Ezeilo of Enugu and Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo of Bayelsa.
Meanwhile, President Buhari was not spotted at the meeting.