EndSARS Protests: Northern Governors Condemn Destruction of Properties , Discuss how to end protests
Northern States Governors’ Forum after an emergency meeting held in Kaduna on Thursday expressed worry over reasons #EndSARS protests have persisted despite the magnanimity exhibited by the Federal Government and various State Governments calls from well-meaning Nigerians to put an to it .
The meeting presided by RT Hon. Simon Bako Lalong ,Chairman, Northern States Governors Forum and Plateau State Governor in a communiqué issued resolved as follows:
“The meeting discussed the various dimensions of Endsars protest the Country. 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 theprocess.
” 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. Urge allNigerians 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 its knees and pushing for regime change. The Forum called on all Nigerians to resist these enemies of the nation by supporting Mr. President, the Federal Government and
democracy at large.
“Forum appeal to all citizens to restraint themselves from unwarranted disposition of sentiments, harassment andintimidation of other citizens resident in their home states.
“Forum notes that all these are antics of the enemies of the country who are violently pushing for regime changeoutside the ballot box.
“Forum resolve 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 peopleto security agencies.
“The Forum calls for comprehensive and robust reforms in the Police Force. She supports various Federal Governmentinitiatives put in place by the Federal Government and will ensure that they are fast track and given more impetus bythe 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 overalldevelopment of the country.
“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 tothose areas of comparative advantage.
” The Forum is in synergy with other Governors in the South- West, South-South and South-East to address this challenges of nationhood headlong.
“Together we shall keep Nigeria united and indissoluble
“Finally, the Forum restates its confidence in the unity o Nigeria and support all our colleagues in other states of theFederation in our collective efforts to restore peace and stability.
“The Forum salutes the resilience and restraint of the Northern Youths in the face of the current challenges. Also,the Forum acknowledges the leadership qualities executed exhibited by some prominent Nigerian Leaders inpersuading and calming nerves of the youths.”