By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON & FUNMI ADERINTO, Kaduna
The Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) has noted with dismay the heavy presence of external influencers both locally and internationally, fuelling violent protests riding on the wings of EndSARS.
Chairman of the forum, His Excellency, RT Hon. Simon Bako Lalong expressed this while reading the text of the communiqué at the end of an emergency meeting held in Kaduna on Thursday, October 22, 2020.
He said that they extensivelydiscussed issues bordering on National Security particularly thenationwide 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 whythe protests have persisted despite the magnanimity exhibitedby the Federal Government and various State Govenmentscalls from well-meaning Nigerians to put an end to the protest,” he said.
The Forum resolved as follows: -The meeting discussed the various dimensions of Endsarsprotest 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 theprocess.
Forum commiserates with those who lost their lives ,thewounded and those whose properties where destroyed.
Forum strongly sues for unity and peaceful co-existence ofall 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 itsknees 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 anddemocracy at large.
Forum appeals to all citizens to restraint themselves fromunwarranted disposition of sentiments, harassment andintimidation of other citizens resident in their home states.
Forum notes that all these are antics of the enemies of thecountry who are violently pushing for regime change outside the ballot box.
Forum resolve further intensify their strategic engagements among different levels of stakeholders intheir respective states.
Called on all citizens particularly community leaders and youth groups to be very vigilant and report the presence of such peopleto 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 bythe Nineteen (19) Northern states.
The Forum advocates for the Constitution of JudicialCommission of enquiry to investigate all levels of destruction and killings during the Endsars protest.
Calls for greater synergy between the state and the federalgovernment in strengthening the unity, oneness and overalldevelopment 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 ofreviving the ailing economy of the North with reference tothose 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 ofNigeria and support all our colleagues in other states of theFederation 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 executedexhibited by some prominent Nigerian Leaders in persuading and calming nerves of the youths.