CHAIRMAN of the Northern State Governors’ Forum, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, on Sunday repeated the forum’s call on the Federal Government to deploy more security personnel and superior military equipment in the fight against insurgents in the North.
Aliyu, who is also the Nigeria State governor, was reacting to the killing on Saturday of 29 persons by unknown gunmen in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State. He also urged the military to review its counter-insurgency strategy to protect innocent citizens who are being killed daily by members of the Boko Haram.
“While we agreed in our last meeting in Kaduna to deal decisively with the worsening security challenges being posed by the cattle rearers, we call on the Federal Government to consider a national policy to settle nomads and provide adequate grazing reserves and cattle routes,” Aliyu said in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo.
The forum also reiterated its appeal to the Federal Government to “provide adequate funds to Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, which are being afflicted with the problem of insurgency, in order to address attendant issues.”
It hailed the military for restricting trans-border movements between Nigeria and Cameroon, urging security agencies to do all within their powers to halt the killing of innocent persons in the region.
The northern governors had at the end of their meeting in Kaduna on Monday last week agreed to adopt a common approach towards combating insecurity in the region.
They agreed to downplay political differences and work towards a common goal of a united, peaceful and a prosperous North.
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