Governors elected on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, under the aegis of PDP Governors’ Forum, have expressed their readiness to collaborate with the Federal Government in its fight against insecurity.
The governors noted that it would take collective and concerted efforts, regardless of party affiliation, to rid the country of insurgency, banditry and allied criminality.
They said this in a communique issued at the end of a meeting led by Governor Aminu Tanbuwal of Sokoto, who doubles as chairman of the forum, yesterday, in Abuja.
The communique read in part, ““The meeting further resolved to continue to collaborate with the Federal Government to fight the scourge of insecurity bedevilling the country and urged the Government to take necessary steps to engage all major stakeholders.”
It added, “States that bear the major brunt of the security challenges should be supported more by the Federal Government to secure the country.
“The Forum reviewed the economic situation in the country and noted the recent increase in crude oil prices. It urged the Federal Government to use this opportunity to further diversify the economy and provide the enabling environment for Nigerians to thrive in all sectors.”
The forum also noted that none of its members is contemplating leaving the party, and urged Nigerians to ignore “mischief makers” trying to sow seeds of disunity in the PDP.
The governors in attendance included Douye Diri of Bayelsa, Bala Mohammed of Bauchi, Bello Matawalle of Zamfara, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu, and Godwin Obaseki of Edo.
Others are Samuel Ortom of Benue, Ben Ayade Cross River, Seyi Makinde of Oyo, Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, and Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia.
Former Senate Presidents Bukola Saraki and Pius Anyim were in attendance, as well as Ibrahim Dankwambo and Ibrahim Shema, former governors of Gombe and Katsina, respectively.
There have been several attacks across the country in the past months — including the abduction of hundreds of children from schools — and the federal government has been intensifying efforts aimed at addressing insecurity.
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