Northern Governors Frown At Persistent Attacks In Southern Kaduna

A file photos of Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong.

 

The Northern Governors Forum has condemned the recent attack in Southern Kaduna in which about 22 persons were reportedly killed on Wednesday night, as yet to be arrested gunmen attacked four Atyap villages in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State.

In a statement, Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State Simon Bako Lalong said the persistent attacks on villages in the area despite all efforts by the Kaduna State Government and security agencies to end the violence raises serious concern and condemnation.

Lalong said this recent attack where the Atyab villages were affected shows the desperate attempt by criminal elements to not only cause pain and sorrow among innocent citizens but also frustrate the efforts of the Kaduna State Government at fostering peace and harmony.

He said “we are deeply saddened by this cycle of violence and blood-letting that is carried out against unarmed and helpless people. This is reprehensible and regrettable. While we call on the security agencies to rise up to the occasion and apprehend these criminals, we also encourage the citizens to assist with relevant intelligence that will lead to the arrest of these bloodthirsty people”.

Governor Lalong also said that the Northern Governors Forum maintains its position that any group or individual that is aggrieved for whatsoever reason should seek redress through official channels than resort to self-help which only exacerbates crises and instability.

The Northern Governors Forum commiserated with the victims of the crises and the Government of Kaduna State, pledging its support to Governor Nasir El-rufai as he works with all stakeholders to bring the incessant crises to an end.

Northern Governors Forum Condemn ‘Callous’ Attack On Zulum’s Convoy

A file photos of Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong.

 

The Northern Governors Forum has condemned the attack on the convoy of the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, describing the act as callous and reprehensible.

Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong in a statement said the attack on Governor Zulum’s convoy who was on his way to Baga, a commercial town in Kukawa Local Government Area to personally distribute relief materials to internally displaced persons for the Sallah celebrations was another desperate attempt by criminal elements to sabotage the efforts of the governor towards reducing the suffering of vulnerable people who have been traumatized by terrorists.

Governor Lalong said “This regrettable attack shows the desperation by enemies of peace and humanity at large to jeopardize all efforts towards making life easier for victims of violence in the state over the years.

“The Northern Governors Forum strongly condemns this attack and stands with Governor Zulum who has demonstrated courage in personally reaching out to people in need despite the dangers. We urge him not to deterred as he keeps working with security agencies to protect the lives and properties of the people”.

In another development, the Northern Governors Forum has mourned the death of elder statesman and leader of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Pa Ayorinde Fasanmi.

Governor Lalong in a condolence message on behalf of the Forum described the death of the elder statesman as a great loss to the Yoruba nation and Nigeria as a whole giving his enormous contributions to the political development of Nigeria.

Lalong said Pa Fasanmi played an active role in the enthronement of democracy and its sustenance through his roles as a legislator in the first and second Republics where he advocated for good governance, justice, and equity.

While praying God to grant his soul eternal rest, he condoled with his family, friends, political associates, and followers.

Northern Governors Meet To Chart New Course For The Region

 

Governors of the nineteen northern states are meeting in Kaduna today to discuss issues that affect the region and chart the way forward .

At the meeting which is holding at the Kaduna State government house, the governors are expected to discuss issues of insecurity, economic growth, regional integration, poverty, educational problems among other challenges ravaging the northern region.

In attendance so far, are the Chairman of the forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, Governors of Nasarawa and Jigawa States as well as the Deputy Governors of Sokoto, Kaduna, Bauchi and Benue States

The Northern States Governors Forum is chaired by the Plateau State governor, Mr Simon Lalong who was elected during their meeting early this year.

In his opening remarks before the meeting went into close door, Mr Lalong, said the meeting was summoned for the Governors to deliberate and take a common position on the issue of livestock management in the country, which he notes, has generated controversy, misinformation and politicization among various stakeholders, as well as to develop best ways of keying into the federal government’s National Livestock Transformation plan.

Mr Lalong notes that as a region that holds comparative advantage in livestock management as an economic and socio-cultural vocation, there is need for the north to come up with a common position on Livestock management, which he says will provide a conducive environment for nomadic herdsmen and also bring a lasting solution to the incessant farmer/herder clashes in the country

Simon Lalong Emerges Chairman Of Northern Governors Forum

Plateau Governor Simon Lalong Re-Elected For A Second Term
A file photo of Plateau Governor, Simon Lalong.

 

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has emerged chairman of the Northern Governors Forum for another four years.

He was elected by his colleagues during the meeting of the Northern Governors Forum which held in Kaduna on Friday.

At the meeting which is the forum’s first of the year, the governors also agreed to set up a joint financial institution that will galvanize rapid socio-economic development within the region and enable it attain some degree of financial independence.

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The governors also resolved to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari over the security challenges in the region.

The meeting of the northern governors which later went into closed door, is expected to receive briefing on the security situation across states as well as submissions from officials of the northern Nigerian development company on the successes made in the areas of oil exploration in the lake chad basin, as well as reviving the collapsed Kaduna textile factory owned by the 19 northern states.

Northern Governors, Traditional Rulers Discuss Insecurity, Economy

APC GovernorsGovernors of Nigeria’s 19 northern States are meeting with traditional rulers from the region to discuss problems of insecurity and other socio-economic challenges confronting.

The two-day meeting is to deliberate and find lasting solutions to the myriad of socio-economic and political problems besetting the region and which have direct bearing on the well-being and welfare of their people.

Declaring the meeting open, the Governor of Borno State and Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Kashim Shettima, said the meeting with traditional rulers had become crucial because of the fundamental debate bordering on the educational backwardness, pervasive poverty and underdevelopment as well as persistent insecurity of northern Nigeria.

Lack Of Education

He expressed regrets that the north, despite being blessed with promising geographical space, huge solid minerals and rich in GDP, the region had remained poor and reduced to the laughing stock of the world.

While he identified poverty, illiteracy and severed limited economic opportunities as some of the underlying causes of insurgency, rural armed banditry, cattle rustling, ethnic and religious conflicts in the region, Governor Shettima expressed optimism that the meeting would come out with practicable recommendations that would help the respective states to solve their peculiar problems.

One major issue the governors identified as a factor militating against development of the region was lack of education for the girl child and the need for all leaders to join hands to ensure that education is given much attention in the region.

The host governor, Mr Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, also briefed the meeting about the security challenges in the southern part of the state and sought the collaboration and support of his colleagues and traditional rulers to address the problem.

The Sultan of Sokoto and Chairman of Traditional Rulers Council, Alhaji Abubakar Saad, expressed worries with the rate of violence in Southern Kaduna and other parts of the north, which he alleged were fuelled by religious leaders.

At the meeting were governors of Borno, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Kebbi, Katsina, Niger, Taraba, Plateau and Sokoto. Also present were elder statesmen and chairman of Northern Elders Forum, Mr Maitama Sule, Paul Unongo and President of Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, Yerima Shettima.

The President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Yerima Shettima, also expects the meeting to address the issue of indigene and settler dichotomy which he says has been a major cause of conflict in Southern Kaduna and some other parts of the northern region.

Stakeholders expect that a gathering of some of these key leaders of the North is more than able to provide solutions to their problems.

As the meeting enters into closed door session, they want the governors to march their talk with action at the end of the day.

Northern Governors Chide Persons Blaming Buhari For Nimbo Attack

Northern Governors forumThe Northern Governors Forum has condemned in strong terms attempts by some leaders from south-east Nigeria to blame President Muhammadu Buhari for a recent bloody attack on Ukpabi Nimbo community in Enugu State.

They also condemned an attempt to link Fulani herdsmen with the attack that left scores of people dead or similar attacks at other part of Nigeria.

In a communique read to reporters by the chairman of the forum and Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, after a closed door meeting that lasted for over five hours, in Kaduna, the governors noted the danger of labeling the masterminds of the Enugu attack as Fulani herdsmen on account of religion or tribe.

The governors while condemning the recent attacks in Agatu community in Benue State and that of Enugu State, called on security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the attack in order to stop the dangerous generalisation or labelling certain tribe or people of certain faith as responsible for the attacks.

According to the Northern Governors Forum, linking the gunmen attacks to Fulani herdsmen, could cause mistrust and likely incite people of different tribes and faith who have lived together peacefully for decades.

The governors also supported the idea of building ranches and grazing routes for herdsmen, as a long term measure to address the frequent clashes between them and local farmers.

Critics had raised concerns over President Buhari’s silence on the alleged herdsmen attacks.

‘A Priority’

But the President on Wednesday reassured Nigerians of his administration’s continued commitment to ensuring the safety of lives and property in all parts of Nigeria.

According to a statement by President Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, the President unreservedly condemned the attack on Ukpabi Nimbo and other such acts of extreme violence against communities in other states of the Federation.

President Buhari, however, instructed the Nigerian Armed Forces and Police to take all necessary action to stop the killing, saying that ending the recent upsurge of attacks on communities by herdsmen reportedly armed with sophisticated weapons had become a priority on the government’s agenda for enhanced national security.

After the President issued the statement, Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, faulted Buhari’s assurances and said it was unacceptable, as it failed to provide any reassurance for Nigerians.

“Neither, however, could be considered a message of solace and reassurance for the ordinary Nigerian farmer and the lengthening cast of victims, much less to an intending tourist to the Forest Retreat of Tinana in the Rivers, the Ikogosi Springs or the Moslem architectural heritage of the ancient city of Kano. In any case, the external tourists have less hazardous options,” Professor Soyinka stressed.

Professor Soyinka spoke at the National Conference on Culture and Tourism, in Osogbo, Osun State.

Northern Governors’ Wives Donate Relief Items To IDPs In Nasarawa State

internally-displaced-persons-NEMAWifes of Northern Governors Forum on Wednesday donated relief materials to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Nasarawa State.

Addressing the governors’ wives, the Governor of the State, Mr Tanko Al-makura,pledge to compliment the social responsibility efforts of the women.

The forum, which met with the Governor at the Government House in Lafia was led by its chairperson, Miss Yemisi Suswam.

Mr Al-makura and the wives of northern governors said they share the pains of IDPs across the country, stressing the need for such donation which was done in Benue and Borno state to be sustained.

The governor and his guest share the same thought on how to alleviate the plight of IDPs across the state and other parts of Nigeria.

Making the presentation of the relief materials worth millions of naira to the governor for onward distribution to IDPs the state, Miss Yemisi Suswam, called for inclusive effort in addressing insecurity in the north-east.

The wives of northern governors’ forum had last year began a social responsibility programme of reaching out to IDPs across Nigeria and Nasarawa state is the third to benefit from the gesture.

Northern Governors Urge Christians To Pray For Nigeria

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The Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) has called on Christian faithful to use the opportunity of Easter celebrations to pray for the quick resolution of the security challenges confronting the nation.

In a statement, the chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State, Muazu Aliyu,  called on Nigerians to be mindful of the need to continue to work for peace which underscores the essence of Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

The forum also urged Christians to imbibe the ideals of perseverance, sacrifice and commitment to the will of God which characterised the Lenten season.

The forum then congratulated Christians and all Nigerians who are alive to witness 2014’s Easter, reminding the faithful that “we are alive today only by God’s grace and favor and not that; we are in any way special before the almighty.”

The statement reiterated the need for Nigerians to pray for and work towards peace, stability and progress of Nigeria. It also emphasised the need for Nigerians to support their leaders at all levels for the benefit of all.

He wished Nigerians a memorable Easter celebrations.

Nothern Governors Advocate National Grazing Route And Reserve

The Northern Governors’ Forum has urged the Federal Government to establish the national grazing route and reserve for cattle rearers in other to end the frequent clashes between Fulani herdsmen and local farmers in some states in the region. 

This was part of the fallout of its meeting held in Kaduna on Monday.

Briefing newsmen after the meeting, Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu, said that a national policy for nomads is the best global practice to curb incessant fight among cattle rearers and farmers.

The Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suzwam, told journalists that his government was working seriously with his counterparts in Nasarawa and Taraba states to address the frequent clashes between Fulani herdsmen and local farmers and urged the National Assembly to pass the National Grazing Reserve Bill.

Governor Aliyu, also speaking about the spate of attacks by the Boko Haram sect in the Northern region, particularly in Borno State said, “The situation has gone beyond the normal pattern that we gave to Boko Haram and I think we need to really appreciate the gravity of the situation.

“It appears that we are becoming a little callous that we don’t seem to care much about what is happening. We must continue to encourage the Federal Government to really do what it is supposed to do.”

Northern Governors Schedule Meeting To Discuss Security, National Conference

Governors in the northern part of Nigeria will meet in Kaduna on Monday to discuss the current security situation in the north-east and the forth coming National Conference.

The meeting of the Northern State Governors’ Forum (NSGF) scheduled to hold in Kaduna will look at other issues of interest to the region to promote peace and unity amongst its people and look at strategies that could curb the insurgency in the north-east.

According to a statement by the Forum Chairman and Governor of Niger State, Muazu Aliyu, the governors will also discuss the New Nigeria Development Company (NNDC), the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation (SABMF) and donations made to the dependents of security personnel who lost their lives during the Ombatse killings in Nasarawa State last year.

Other regions in Nigeria have started holding meetings ahead of the proposed National Conference that will hold in March to choose delegates to the conference and finalise issues that concern them that would be presented at the conference.

Leaders of six Yoruba states met last week to discuss the modalities of the conference.

The conference modalities specified a three-month period for the conference which many Nigerians had clamoured for.

NGF Crisis: Northern Governors Forum Endorses Amaechi As Elected Chairman

A meeting of the governors from the northern part of the country on Thursday after a meeting of the Northern Governors Forum, declared that the Rivers state Governor, Chibuike Amaechi is the elected chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum.

Speaking at the end of a meeting of the Northern Governors in Kaduna, the Governor of Nassarawa state, Mr Tanko Mr Al-Makura on behalf of the governors explained that members of the forum (Northern Governors Forum) stand by the result of the election which produced Mr Amaechi as chairman of NGF.

Mr Al-Makura, however revealed that the crisis rocking the NGF will be resolved internally.

The chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Mr Babangida Aliyu of Niger state added that the forum is making ‘informal efforts’ to reconcile aggrieved members of the Northern Governors Forum.

Governor Aliyu observed that the nation is going through a challenge and politicians must show their sense of patriotism and political maturity.

Five state governors from the region were present at Thursday’s meeting while seven other governors were represented at this meeting.

Those in attendance included Niger  State Governor Dr. Babangia Aliyu, Jigawa  State Governor, Sule Lamido, Governor Dankwambo of Gombe State and Nasarawa State  Governor, Al-makura.

States that were represented by the deputy governors are Kano, Kwara, Kogi, Borno, Kebbi, Zamfara, Sokoto while other states like Benue and Plateau sent their  Secretaries to State Governments.

Adamawa, Katsina, Yobe and Bauchi shunned the meeting, neither did they sent  representatives nor apologies.

Dr Aliyu had in his opening remarks explained that  governors of  Adamawa and Taraba states sent their apologies for their inability to attend the meeting.

The forum also explained that efforts are being made to reach out to Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi state, who was said to have withdrawn from the forum.

The NGF was divided into two factions following the outcome of the recent election of the chairman of the forum.

This is the first meeting of the northern governors’ forum since the controversial election.

The northern governors also resolved to raise a committee on the recent killing of security operatives in Alakio community in Nasarawa state.

They also resolved to commence implementation of the recommendations of the committee on reconciliation, healing and security.