Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state have asked people of the South-South and South-East to negotiate for power.
He said this at 17th Gani Fawehinmi annual lecture in Lagos on Friday.
“To our friends and brothers in the south-south and south-east particularly, only God gives power but you have to negotiate for power,” the professor said.
“Negotiation becomes easier when you make friends across the divide. If we negotiate for power, we don’t always get everything we want, but we will normally mention every clause that covers everything we need.
“I said this because I have heard many people say ‘they don’t want to give us power’ but assumptions and projections will never actualise your aspirations. We must all remember that God gives power but human beings negotiate for it.
“Every interested party must be prepared to negotiate for it”, he maintained.