By Chinenye Festus:-
Governor of 36 states of the Federation raised alarm yesterday over the high rate of insecurity in the country, and they have asked President Buhari to act with immediate effect in finding a lasting solution on insecurity.
The governors alarm came as a result of the attack on Borno State governor Prof Babagana Zulum last weekend on his way to Baga to visit the Internally displaced persons IDPs.
The governors in a statement signed by chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, and governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, said Boko Haram’s attack on Governor Zulum had brought to the fore the need for the federal government and states to work together to deal with the sect’s threat to the country’s corporate existence.
“On our part, the NEC sub-committee on security will be meeting tomorrow (today) and rising from the resolutions, thereof, will soon dialogue with Mr. President and the nation’s security chiefs to discuss this worrisome and rapidly degenerating situation.“
”We are appalled by the worsening security situation in the country generally, in spite of all the efforts of government to end it.“
”On behalf of the 36 state governors of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under the platform of the NGF, I write to express our solidarity with you and the people of Borno State, following the attack last Wednesday by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect.“
”This is one unwarranted attack too many. It epitomizes our collective vulnerability and the fragility of the country’s security architecture.”
The governor also resolved to have marathon sessions with all the security chiefs, including the National Security Adviser, NSA, General Babagana Monguno, retd; Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu; the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ahmed Rufai Abubakar; and the Director-General, Department of State Service, DSS, Yusuf Magaji Bichi to discuss what they described as very worrisome development.
Also expected at the meeting are the service chiefs.
They include the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, and Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Marshal Ibok- Ete Ibas.
Recall that the insurgents’ group had intensified their attacks in the past weeks which is targeted both on the military and civilian.
By Chinenye Festus:-