The Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) has applauded federal government’s acceptance of the offer of negotiation by Islamic sect; Boko Haram, hoping that the initiative will bring in peace, security and tranquility in the country after years of bloodshed.

A statement by the forum made available to Channels Television in Minna, the Niger state capital, stated that “dialogue rather than use of force, would help find a lasting solution to the worsening insecurity of lives and property in the country.”

The 19 northern governors also condemned Friday’s attacks in Maiduguri, Borno State in which a civil war veteran and former member of the Supreme Military Council, General Mamman Shuwa was gunned down.

According to the governors, this is one attack too many, as they urged all terrorists across the country to immediately stop their attacks.

The statement also expressed the forum’s condolences to the families of General Shuwa as well as families of 40 other people that were reportedly killed in similar attack saying, “no grievance can justify such dastardly acts against innocent people.”