The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has said the rising spate of insecurity is questioning its collective capacity to govern.
This was contained in a statement Wednesday by the governors following the recent Kaduna -Abuja train attack on Monday night. The group described the attack as a horror dream, stressing that such violent attacks are becoming too numerous in recent times.
“The Kaduna -Abuja train attack on Monday night is a horror dream orchestrated by the wicked merchants of death that we must all wake up from to address.
“This is one attack too many. It must stop. First, as leaders, we owe the victims and their relations an apology as these unwarranted acts of violence are becoming too regular. They question our collective capacity to govern,” the NGF said in the statement signed by Chairman Kayode Fayemi.
The governors prayed to God to grant eternal peace to those who lost their lives and wished speedy recovery to those injured.
They added that “if the murderers intend to disrupt the peaceful coexistence of Nigerians, they will not succeed. When eventually total peace returns to the country, they will surely either be lifeless or excluded. I can assure you that this is an ugly phase in our national experience. It will certainly pass.”
The forum also commiserated with the Kaduna State government, its people, and Nigerians on the incident. They commended the Nigerian security operatives for their efforts in coming to the rescue of the victims of the attack.
“We want to salute the bravery of our security forces in curtailing the magnitude of havoc this attack was intended to visit on innocent travellers. Our prayers are with you.
“We would continue to drum our support for the professional work and provide assistance in enhancing your operational strength and combat readiness. We recognise the enormous risk you take every day.”
The forum stressed that those behind the attack would certainly not take over Nigeria.
“Their violent demeanour will not result in anything positive instead, and it will confine them to an uncomfortable life in the jungle until the long arm of the law catches up with them.”
The forum also called on the relevant authority to immediately install all necessary measures to curtail future activities of bandits.