The North-West Governors has unanimously pledged their commitment to ensuring that its citizens’ lives and properties are secured.
The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, who spoke on behalf of the governors, disclosed this yesterday in Kaduna at a town hall meeting organized by the National Security Adviser NSA’s office.
Masari, who urged all governors to take security matters seriously, said the region’s security situation has deteriorated. Thus, work needs to be done to ensure peace and stability.
According to him, “It is our responsibility to ensure everyone is safe,” he said, adding that communities should be adequately involved in ensuring security.
“Everybody must be on the same page. We must go back to our communities, build community relationships and restore what was lost.
“Ten years ago, the situation was not as bad as it is today, now communal life has broken down,” he said.
Masari, however, obliged all governors across the country to ensure everyone is protected, “irrespective of where they come from, ethnicity or religion.”
In his remarks, the Chairman of Northern Governors Forum and Plateau Governor Simon Lalong called on Nigerians to learn to live in peace, irrespective of religious and ethnic differences.
“Today, on behalf of northern governors, I welcome the new service chiefs while commending those who did their best and also prayed to see the end of the insecurity in Nigeria,” he said.
On his part, Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai, pointed out that the Federal Government pays keen interest in finding solutions to security challenges that have necessitated the meeting.
He said he is optimistic that the meeting will reach a reasonable agreement on curbing security challenges in the country, which has affected the people’s economy and livelihood. He added that security should be the number one priority of the government and the collective responsibility of all.