17 Southern Governors met in Lagos on Monday for the first time in 12 years.

Their last meeting was held in 2005 and ever since, the governors of some of Nigeria's richest states seemed to have gone their separate ways.

But it appears their common socio-economic challenges are drawing them closer or could it be the growing international influence of the Northern Governors Forum?

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The 17 governors spoke through a joint communique issued after they met in Lagos House, Ikeja, Lagos, and demanded devolution of powers to states from the federal government.

They reiterated their commitment to true federalism, a united and indivisible Nigeria, and called for effective linkage of infrastructure in the south.

The union may this time last longer as they appoint Lagos governor Akinwumi Ambode as chairman of the forum and governors Dave Umahi of Ebonyi and Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa as co-chairmen.

In the meeting are governors the South-west, South-east and South-south.

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