Chairman of the Northern State Governors’ Forum, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, on Sunday reiterated the Forum’s call on the Federal Government to deploy more troops and superior military hardware in the fight against insurgents in the North.
Aliyu, who is also the Nigeria State governor, was reacting to Saturday’s killing of 29 persons by unknown gunmen in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.
He also called on the military authorities to review their counter-insurgency strategy to protect innocent citizens who are being killed daily by members of the Boko Haram sect.
“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 also commended the military’s decision to close the border between Nigeria and Cameroon in Adamawa State, urging security agencies to do all within their powers to halt the killing of innocent citizens in the region.
It would be recalled that the northern governors had at the end of their meeting in Kaduna last week Monday, agreed to adopt a common approach towards combating insecurity in the region.
They also agreed to relegate their political differences to the background and work towards a common goal of a united, peaceful and a prosperous North.