Trace Reporters –An emergency meeting of the Governors of the 19 Northern States over the violence and tension arising from the nationwide #EndSARS protests, was held at Sir Kashim Ibrahim house, Kaduna State on Thursday.p
The #EndSARS protesters had over the past weeks been agitating the scrapping and the extrajudicial killings by the Special Anti Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force. It took place mostly in the Southern parts of the country.
The meeting, was chaired by governor of Plateau state and chairman of the northern states governors’ forum, Simon Bako Lalong and in attendance are governors of Sokoto, Borno, Yobe, Kebbi Nasarawa, Gombe, Zamfara, Niger States and Deputy Governors of Kaduna, Kano, and Kogi.
The meeting discussed crucial issues including preventing crisis in northern states in respect of pockets of violence experienced in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja and other states.
According to the communique, “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 Governments 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 constitutional rights of all citizen to express concern even by way of protest, it however condemned the incessant destruction of lives and properties that ensued in the
“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 democracyat 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 resolve 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 all citizens 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 Forum 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 in
persuading and calming nerves of the youths.
His Excellency, RT Hon. Simon Bako Lalong
Chairman, Northern States Governors Forum.
Lola Seriki Idahosa /News
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