Posted On 12 Jun 2014
The Nigeria Governors Forum under the leadership of Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau state has flayed the recent call for military intervention in Nigeria by the former head of the Nigeria Population Commission, Mr. Festus Odimegwu,
In a statement released in Abuja and signed by the Sole Administrator of the Forum, Earl Osaro Onaiwu, the Forum described Mr. Odimegwu’s utterance as disturbing and surprising coming from a self-described intellect that ought to understand that military rule is not the panacea to the nation’s issues.
The statement wondered on what planet Mr. Odimegwu has emerged from as the world has since moved on from regressive military rule adding that the former NBL boss’ examples of Egypt was misleading as the Egyptians were still reeling from the many decades of military rule.
The Jonah Jang Forum further said a comparison of the giant strides the nation has witnessed within fourteen years of civilian rule was a sharp contrast to the under development of Nigeria which was the hallmark of decades of military rule in Nigeria which no Nigerian will like to experience anymore in the history of the country.
They urged the security agencies to question Mr. Odimegwu’s motive as with his vast resources, some of which he made under democratic governments he is capable of using same to instigate the military.
“We call on all Nigerians to resist every attempt to demagogue civilian rule, but instead do a personal evaluation and will find that civilian rule has been of immense benefit to all even though we still have a long way to go owing to the many years of zero investment in basic infrastructure” the statement said.
They also commended the men and women of the military for their sacrifice in the fight against terrorism and called on them to remain focused and committed to their primary role of providing peace and security.