There seems to be no end in sight to calls by northern youth groups for an apology to four northern governors, who were pelted with objects in Port Harcourt when they paid a solidarity visit to the Rivers State governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi recently as a group, the Northern Youth Development Initiative (NYDI) has called on leaders in the South-South state to apologise to the governors.
Governors Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano); Murtala Nyako, (Adamawa); Sule Lamido, (Jigawa); and Babangida Aliyu, (Niger State) were recently booed and had their convoy pelted with stones, plastic bottles and sticks in Port Harcourt by youths allegedly sponsored by forces against Governor Amaechi.
In recognition of the dangers of the actions of the youths, who protested under the banner of Grassroots Development Initiative (GDI), a group, known as the South-South Youth Democratic Vanguard (SSYDV), on Thursday resolved to pay visits to the four northern governors and apologise to them in person.
Leader of the SSYDV, Alafaa Princewill, had told a press conference that “We met to deliberate on the issue of the embarrassment given to the northern governors because it is not in our character to embarrass strangers that have come to visit one of our own, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the executive governor of Rivers State”.
But the NYDI, in a statement by its publicity secretary Usman Abubakar said, “We wish to urge good leaders from that part of the country [Rivers State] to as a matter of urgency call on the GDI and their sponsors to come plain and publicly apologize to the four northern states governors and leaders that were harassed recently when they paid visit to their colleague in River State.”