The Governors of the southern area of the nation converged in Lagos State for a gathering to debate pertinent nationwide issues on Monday, saying that arrests have to be made in conformity with the rule of legislation and respect for the basic human rights.
The southern governors’ discussion board famous that it frowned on selective legal administration of justice and resolved that arrests ought to be made throughout the ambit of the legislation.
In the previous week, the arrest of the chief of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and tried arrest of Yoruba nation activist, Sunday Igboho, have led to widespread condemnation on the questionable method of the operations.
In a communique issued on the finish of their assembly and signed by the Chairman and Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, the discussion board mentioned, “The Southern Governors Forum at the end of the meeting held on Monday, 5th July, 2021 reviewed the situation in the Country and focused on the current security situation, constitutional amendment, Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).
Rising from the meeting, the Forum agreed on the following:
“1. Re-affirmed their dedication to the unity of Nigeria on the pillars of fairness, equity, justice, progress and peaceable co-existence between and amongst its individuals.
“2. The Forum reiterates its commitment to the politics of equity, fairness and unanimously agrees that the presidency of Nigeria be rotated between Southern and Northern Nigeria and resolved that the next president of Nigeria should emerge from the Southern Region.
“3. Security; a. The Forum reviewed the safety scenario within the nation and commends safety operatives for his or her relentless efforts in restoring safety and security and commiserates with households and family members of those that have fallen within the line of responsibility;
“b. Re-emphasised the need for State Police; c. Resolved that if for any reason security institutions need to undertake an operation in any State, the Chief Security Officer of the state must be duly informed;
“d. The discussion board frowns on selective legal administration of justice and resolved that arrests ought to be made throughout the ambits of the legislation and basic human rights.”