..Says protest won’t change regime for Nigeria
…As Benue Gov absent
By Ujah Simon
Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) at the end of an emergency meeting held in Kaduna said the ENDSARS protesters and hoodlums cannot change the regime for Nigerians.
The Forum made the statement on Thursday in a communique issued and presented by it’s Chairman and Governor of Plateau State, Mr. Simon Lalong .
The meeting extensively deliberated on issues bordering on National Security particularly Endsars Nationwide protest especially the wanton destruction of lives and property in some parts of the country.
It stated the that “Concerned by these development, the Northern States Governors Forum met and deliberated on the matter.
The Forum however, expressed worry and concern on why the protests have persisted despite the magnanimity exhibited by the Federal Government and various State Govenments calls from well-meaning Nigerians to put an end to the protest.
The meeting which deliberated on the various dimensions of Endsars protest in across the country noted that however acknowledged right to protest.
“While appreciating across constitutional rights of all citizen to express concern even by way of protest”, it however condemned the incessant destruction of lives and properties that ensued in the process.
“Forum commiserates with those who lost their lives, the
wounded and those whose properties where destroyed.
“Forum strongly sues for unity and peaceful co-existence of
all citizens and groups of people in Nigeria”, and urged all Nigerians to see themselves as equal citizens of the country as the unity of Nigeria cannot be compromised.
“The Forum regrets the diabolical influencers in form of hooliganism, ethno-religious bigots and even political marauders who are bent on pulling the nation down on its
knees and pushing for regime change.
“Forum also called
on all Nigerians to resist these enemies of the nation by
supporting Mr. President, the Federal Government and
democracy at large.
“It appeal to all citizens to restraint themselves from
unwarranted display of sentiments, harassment and
intimidation of other citizens resident in their home states”,.
noting that these are antics of enemies of the country, pushing violently for regime change outside the ballot box.
further intensify their strategic
engagements among different levels of stakeholders in their respective states.
“Forum also notes the heavy presence of external influencers both locally and internationally. Called on all citizens particularly community leaders and youth groups to be very vigilant and report the presence of such people
to security agencies.
“The Forum calls for comprehensive and robust reforms in
the Police Force. She supports various Federal Government
initiatives put in place by the Federal Government and will
ensure that they are fast track and given more impetus by
the Nineteen (19) Northern states.
“The Forum advocates for the Constitution of Judicial Commission of enquiry to investigate all levels of
destruction and killings during the Endsars protest.
“Calls for greater synergy between the state and the federal government in strengthening the unity, oneness and overall
development of the country”, urging Federal Government to explore the possibility of ending ASUU strike. “Most of the youths are idle staying at home.
“Forum further restates her commitment in exploring area of reviving the ailing economy of the North with reference to
those areas of comparative advantage.
“The Forum is in synergy with other Governors in the South-
West, South-South and South-East to address these challenges of nationhood headlong. Together we shall keep Nigeria united and indissoluble.
“The Forum restates its confidence in the unity of Nigeria and support all our colleagues in other states of the Federation in our collective efforts to restore peace and stability.