By HENRY UMORU, Abuja
GOVERNORS under the aegis of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, yesterday condemned the massacre of 53 students of Federal Government College, Bunu Yadi in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State by gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram, urging the Federal Government to protect the lives of its citizens still alive.
The governors however urged the Federal Government to comprehensively review the present strategies used in fighting terrorists as such methods were no longer yielding the desired results.
’’We also believe the time has come for the Federal Government to comprehensively review the strategies with which it is fighting this insurgency.
The current approach is definitely not working and it is important that all of us are humble and sincere enough to accept this reality and then work out a stronger and more workable strategy,’’ the NGF said in a statement signed by its Chairman and governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi.
’’We in the NGF hereby condemn the recent spate of killings in some parts of our country – Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states – by the Boko Haram sect. We are alarmed by the slaughtering of pupils at the Federal Government College in Yobe and the unprovoked attacks against defenceless people in those states.
”We commiserate with the people and government of those states, the families of the victims, and pray God to give them and indeed every Nigerian the fortitude to bear the loss. “This is a very difficult period for our country and its people and we must collectively pray and rally round families, friends and fellow citizens affected by these tragedies. We must provide whatever support and save the lives of those still alive.
”While security agencies should continue to do their jobs as professionally as possible, we appeal to all aggrieved individuals and groups in Nigeria to appreciate the fact that violence can never be a solution to any problem. We have no other country to call home and it is important that we understand the danger and futility of destroying our land in the pursuit of a selfish agenda.
”It is gratifying that government – federal and states – are working hard to get to the root of the killings and nip these orgy of violence in the bud.
”We also commend our security agencies for the selfless sacrifice they are making in the interest of us all to restore calm to all parts of our country.
”Of course, the federal and state governments should not be left alone to fight the terrorists. Citizens need to help our security agencies with accurate and timely information; but government itself needs to engage new allies wherever they may be in the world.
”We urge the Federal Government to continue to support affected states in the bid to check violence. The Federal Government should remain focused and continue to provide leadership until every part of Nigeria is rid of violence and insurgency,” the statement added.