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We Are In Synergy To Address Headlong Challenges Of Nationhood -Northern Govs

By Frederick Peters, KADUNA

The Northern States governors’ forum has said that it is committed to the unity of Nigeria hence her synergy with other Governors in the country to address the plethora of challenges bedeviling the Country’s nationhood .

The forum while appreciating the rights of citizens to express themselves peacefully through the EndSARS protests, however condemned the destruction of lives and property

The northern governors also advocated for a robust Police reforms,while calling for the institution of a judicial panel of enquiry to investigate the level of Killings and destruction of property.

This is contained in a communiqué,signed by the Forum’s Chairman,Rt Hon.Simon Lalong,at the end of the emergency meeting of the Northern governors in Kaduna on thursday:where he further restates their committed in reviving the ailing economy of the north.

” The Northern States Governors’ Forum held an emergency
meeting today Thursday 22nd October, 2020 and extensively
discussed issues bordering on National Security particularly the
nationwide Endsars protest which has led to the wanton
destruction of lives and properties in some parts of the Country.
Concerned by these development, the Northern States
Governors Forum met and deliberated on the matter.

The Forum however, expressed worry and concern on why
the protests have persisted despite the magnanimity exhibited
by the Federal Government and various State Govenments
calls from well-meaning Nigerians to put an end to the protest.

” The Forum resolved as follows: –
The meeting discussed the various dimensions of Endsars protest the Country. While appreciating across the constitutional rights of all citizens to express concern even
by way of protest, it however condemned the incessant
destruction of lives and properties that ensued in the
process.

“Forum commiserates with those who lost their lives ,the
wounded and those whose properties where destroyed.

” Forum strongly sues for unity and peaceful co-existence of
all citizens and groups of people in Nigeria. Urge all
Nigerians to see themselves as equal citizens of the country
as the unity of Nigeria cannot be compromised.

” The Forum regrets the diabolical influencers in form of
hooliganism, ethno-religious bigots and even political
marauders who are bent on pulling the nation down its
knees and pushing for regime change. The Forum called
on all Nigerians to resist these enemies of the nation by
supporting Mr. President, the Federal Government and
democracy at large.

” Forum appeal to all citizens to restraint themselves from
unwarranted disposition of sentiments, harassment and
intimidation of other citizens resident in their home states.
Forum notes that all these are antics of the enemies of the
country who are violently pushing for regime change
outside the ballot box.

” Forum resolved to
further intensify their strategic
engagements among different levels of stakeholders in
their respective states.

” Forum also notes the heavy presence of external
influencers both locally and internationally. Called on allcitizens particularly community leaders and youth groups to be very vigilant and report the presence of such people
to security agencies.

” The Forum calls for comprehensive and robust reforms in the Police Force. She supports various Federal Government initiatives put in place by the Federal Government and will
ensure that they are fast track and given more impetus by
the Nineteen (19) Northern states.

” The Forum advocates for the Constitution of Judicial
Commission of enquiry to investigate all levels of
destruction and killings during the Endsars protest.

” Calls for greater synergy between the state and the federal
government in strengthening the unity, oneness and overall
development of the country.

” Federal Government to explore the possibility of ending
ASUU strike. Most of the youths are idle staying at home.

“Forum further restates her commitment in exploring area of
reviving the ailing economy of the North with reference to
those areas of comparative advantage.

“The Forum is in synergy with other Governors in the South-
West,South-South and South-East to address this challenges of nationhood headlong. Together we shall
keep Nigeria united and indissoluble.

” Finally, the Forum restates its confidence in the unity of
Nigeria and support all our colleagues in other states of the
Federation in our collective efforts to restore peace and
stability.

” The Forun salutes the resilience and restraint of the Northen Youths in the face of the current challenges. Also,
the Forum acknowledges the leadership qualities executed
exhibited by some prominent Nigerian Leaders inpersuading and calming nerves of the youths.”the statement added

Signed
His Excellency, RT Hon. Simon Bako Lalong
Chairman, Northern States Governors Forum

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