The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) under the leadership of Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State has condemned the killings in Katsina, Kaduna, Benue and some North-east states.
The governors, who had a closed door meeting that lasted from Wednesday night to the early morning of Thursday also called on Nigerians to give the on-going national conference the needed support and encouragement.
Reading the communiquÃ© of the NGF meeting that lasted several hours, Ondo state Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, said the forum sympathised with the governors and peoples of the states where insurgents had carried out their atrocities.
The communiquÃ© reads: “The forum deliberated on the security situation in the country and strongly condemned the killings in Benue, Katsina, Kaduna and some of the North-east states. It sympathised with the governors and people of these states.
“The forum commends Mr. President for convening the National Conference and calls on all Nigerians to give it the needed support and encouragement.
“The forum welcomes his Excellency, Dr. Willy Obiano, the newly elected governor of Anambra State. The forum also congratulates the Chairman and Governor of Plateau state, his Excellency, Dr. Jonah Jang, on his 70th birthday. We wish him many more years ahead.”
Also addressing journalists, Akwa Ibom State governor, Godswill Akpabio and Benue State governor, Gabriel Suswan, decried the security situation in the country.
Akpabio said: “All state agencies must rise to the occasion and the governors on their parts must double efforts in terms of intelligence gathering and also in terms of policing. We must do everything possible to assist the security agencies to succeed in our various states.”
Suswan on the other hand said, “the security situation in my state has deteriorated, it is unfortunate, but I have fully briefed the President, I briefed the security agencies as well. Some serious measures will be taken very soon.
“Even this evening before I came for this meeting, I went to the Chief of Army Staff to brief him. I gave him details of the intelligence that we gathered of people who are carrying out this dastardly act. We received strong promise that some serious decisive actions will be taken to address the security situation in Benue.”
Speaking on the conference, Suswan said, “I supported it in the first place and I would expect that the delegates who are there now should put the interest of the nation first and foremost and try to deliberate on issues that will impact positively on Nigeria and its people and not to go and engage in unnecessary argument.
“I am in support of the confab and also will urge and appeal to the delegates to put national interest first and foremost above other interests.”
The governors that attended the meeting were that of Taraba (Acting Governor), Ebonyi, Kogi, Enugu, Ondo, Plateau, Bauchi, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Benue, Anambra, Sokoto (deputy), Katsina (deputy) and Abia (deputy).