The north is expected to hand over electricity to the south in 2023
The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) on Sunday said electricity is expected to flow to the south of the country in 2023.
The leaders also called on the federal government to support the call for a ban on open-air grazing in the country.
Their demands were contained in a statement released after the forum meeting in Abuja.
The forum called on the federal government to adhere to southern governors’ resolutions on national dialogue, open grazing and restructuring.
According to the statement, the forum “insists on the fact that it is imperative to immediately restructure the country given the precarious atmosphere that prevails before any new election” and “reminds all major political parties, in particular the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties, that the basis of any viable democracy, especially in a diverse and complex country like Nigeria, is a fair and equal sharing of power ”.
The forum also called on the federal government “to declare a national security emergency and urgently develop proactive strategies to restore peace and security to all regions of the country.”
He added that “if the security situation is not resolved and the banditry is stopped or reduced to the strict minimum, it would not be possible to organize proper elections in 2023”.
The forum also condemned the “cavalier attitude” of the federal government towards the resolutions of the governors of the south.