The 36 state governors, under the aegis of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, have asked the Federal Government to ignore calls for the imposition of ‘state of emergency’ in some states that have witnessed upsurge of violent killings and destruction of property.
The Forum stated this in a statement by its chairman and Rivers State Governor, Chubuike Amaechi, on Monday.
The NGF said that the request for emergency rule was being made by people who do not wish the country well and who want to plunge the nation into deeper crisis. It asked the government to instead support the affected states to check violence.
“We urge the Federal Government to continue to support affected states in the bid to check violence. The Federal Government should remain focused and continue to provide leadership until every part of Nigeria is rid of violence and insurgency,” NGF said.
“We also call on the Federal Government to ignore the ongoing agitation for a state of emergency in some parts of the country. These requests are being made by people who do not wish our country well and who are bent on plunging the country into a deeper crisis.
“The Federal Government should not allow itself to be distracted from our collective goal of curbing the insurgency in some parts of our country once and for all.”
The Forum condemned the violence in Borno, Nasarawa, Benue and Adamawa and other states and commiserated with the people and governments of the states as well as the security agencies and families of the victims. It prayed God to give them and indeed every Nigerian the fortitude to bear the loss.
It urged the security agencies to continue to do their jobs as professionally as possible, just as it appealed to aggrieved individuals and groups in the country to appreciate the fact that violence can never be a solution to any problem.
“We have no other country to call home and it is important that we understand the danger and futility of destroying our land in the pursuit of a selfish agenda,” it said.
The Forum also said it is gratifying that the Federal and State governments are working to get to the root of the killings and check the orgy of violence, adding, “We are impressed by the magnanimity of the Federal Government, which has demonstrated an uncommon love for the country by setting up a Committee to explore the possibilities of granting amnesty to the members of the Boko Haram sect.
“It is also a good step that government has agreed to cooperate fully with the National Human Rights Commission in the investigation of the killings in Baga.
We also commend our security agencies for the selfless sacrifice they are making in the interest of us all to restore calm to all parts of our country,” it said.