From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua,
Chairman Nigeria governor’s forum,NGF, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has observed that it was only addressing socio-economic injustice and hunger that will bring an end to criminality.
Fayemi, the Governor of Ekiti state expressed the concerns of the forum over the security situation in the Northwest, promising collaboration with the federal government to bring an end to the menace.
Fayemi made this assertion when he led the Governors of Sokoto, Birnin Kebbi and Jigawa states on a solidarity visit to Governor Aminu Bello Masari at the Government house Katsina .
According to him, “For us the Nigeria Governors Forum, we believe that we not only have to be tough on banditry, on kidnapping, on criminality generally, but we also have to be tough on the cause of the problem.
“Socio inequality, poverty are key issues, and we need to be able to ensure that our states pry away our young people from the merchants of death who are using them as cannon fodder of this criminal brigandage”, he said.
“And we can only do that by providing them with alternative means of livelihood and support system that’ll not entice them to these elements that are endangering the whole of our country”.
“However, we as governors are still very concerned about the security situation in the northwest and in the entire country. This is almost a daily occurrence”, he said, adding that, the governor is spending the state lean resources on both material and human on this priority issue which pervades the whole of our country.
“We want to thank His Excellency, the President for being abreast of the situation and for working closely with the governor of Katsina state in ensuring that the kids were retrieved from the forest in Zamfara with the assistance of the players who were critical to that retrieval- Miyetti Allah, the military, our brother the governor of Zamfara state”, he added.
“And this is something that we are committed to as governors in working with Mr. President in working with all our colleagues so that we don’t keep talking about the same thing over and over again”.
“We’re all tired, we’re all frustrated that this issues are happening, but we know that with concerted efforts on our part as governors and commitment of the federal government and professional conduct of our security services and our social investment programme intensified; we shall see to the end of this criminality, this brigandage in our states”, the NGF boss said.
“And this is something that we are committed to as governors in working with Mr. President in working with all our colleagues so that we don’t keep talking about the same thing over and over again”, Fayemi concluded.