Insecurity: Govs set to meet Buhari, service chiefs over worrisome situation


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The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has vowed to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari and the nation’s service chiefs over the “worrisome” security situation in the country.

The Chairman of the Forum, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, disclosed this in a letter to Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State over last week’s attack on his convoy by Boko Haram insurgents.

In the letter titled, NGF Expresses Solidarity with Governor Zulum and Borno State’, Fayemi said that the National Economic Council (NEC) Sub-Committee on Security would be holding the meeting with the president and the service chiefs.

A copy of the letter, which was released on Monday, said that the sub-committee would meet with Buhari and the service chiefs over “this worrisome and rapidly degenerating situation”.

According to the letter, the governors expressed solidarity with Zulum, saying that the attack epitomised collective vulnerability and the fragility of the country’s security architecture.

“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.

“Although you emerged from this incident unscathed, we note with regret the injuries sustained by two members of the Civilian Joint Task Force and a Police Officer attached to your convoy and do accordingly pray for their quick recovery.

“Mr. Governor, Forum members are resolutely behind you in your effort to rid Borno State of these dastardly and wicked agents of evil.

“We are appalled by the worsening security situation in the country generally, in-spite of all the efforts of government to end it.

“On our part, the NEC Sub-Committee on Security will be meeting tomorrow and rising from the resolutions thereof soon dialogue with Mr. President and the nation’s Security Chiefs to discuss this worrisome and rapidly degenerating situation.

“On a final note, Mr. Governor, we thank God for always being merciful,” Fayemi’s letter read.

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