by Dare Lawal
The governor of Benue state, Gabriel Suswam, who quit the Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) in the wake of the crisis which followed the Nigeria Governors’ Forum election in May has said that he would only return on one condition – that the NSGF must resolve to begin to abide by decisions collectively reached by members.
“I won’t say that I vowed, I would better say that I have issues with the way that things are going. I believe that as a northerner and as one of the present leaders, we should as leaders be able to have confidence and have integrity enough for us to take a decision and follow it through. Once that is absent, I have an issue with that.
“And if I establish that we can now jointly and collectively take a decision on behalf of the north and also on behalf of this country and stand by that decision, then I would have no problem. But for now, I have an issue and that issue to me is germane and as far as I am not satisfied that the issue had been addressed, I maintain my position,” he added.
Suswan was at the Villa to brief President Goodluck Jonathan on the measures being taken to stop the fatal crisis between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in Benue and Nasarawa States.