Renowned former governor of oil-rich Delta state in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, Chief James Ibori, has recorded another political milestone in his effort to relaunch himself into the mainstream politics of Nigeria.
Ibori who is famous for his dogged fight for ‘Resource Control’ which culminated to the 13% oil derivation revenue being enjoyed by oil-producing states in the country, was recently appointed patron by Former Governors Forum which comprised of elected former governors in Nigeria.
In the letter of Ibori’s appointment dated July 13, 2020, signed by former governor of Niger state, who is chairman of Former Governors Forum, Dr Babangida Aliyu and the Executive Secretary, Prof. Tunde Esan, the forum noted the role of the former Delta state especially as a “respected elder statesman with passion for the promotion of unity in Nigeria, which is the major objective of the Forum.”
The appointment letter reads: “In line with the provisions of the constitution of Former Governors Forum: a body of elected Former Governors in Nigeria from 1979 to date and based on the unanimous decision of the Executive Committee of the Forum, we convey to you, your appointment as the Patron of the Forum.
“The Forum recognises your role not only as a former governor, but equally as respected elder statesman with passion for the promotion of unity in Nigeria,
which is the major objective of the Forum.
“In addition, your role as a Patron will be invaluable in the development of good leadership qualities among the emerging leaders in Nigeria, because one of the key objectives of the forum is the development of a body of experienced and patriotic Nigerians that provides resource platform for the emergence of selfless leaders, that will make appropriate input for the furtherance of peace and prosperity of the nation at all times.
“Your Excellency, Former Governors Forum has the largest pool of leaders with experience in governance, in Africa and its role as a major leadership resource base in Nigeria cannot be over-emphasized. While looking forward to your contribution and active participation as a Patron, please accept the assurance of our highest regards.”