Written by Laleye Dipo
The Chairman of the Forum of Governors of Nigeria (NGF) and the Governor of the State of Ekiti, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, noted that the prevailing insecurity across the country counts to destroy Nigeria.
Fayemi made the statement Tuesday in Minna when he led a strong forum delegation to discuss with the government and people of the state of Niger a series of state abductions he has experienced recently, the latest being the abduction of 27 students of the Government Science School, Kagar, some of their teachers and family members.
Fayemi said: “The agenda is the destruction of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Let’s not make a mistake about it, it’s the ultimate plan.
“We will fight this agenda with all the fibers in our body and we will really fight it to save our country.”
He also said that what the country is witnessing is terrorism with which every hand should be put on deck to defeat it.
“What we are witnessing is terrorism; there is no other name for it. Yes, we can call it robbery, we can also call it kidnapping; these are the remains of northeastern actors found in other parts of the country, whether they are known as ISWAP, or the Albanawi faction, or known as the Shekau people. They are remnants of what we are still dealing with in that part of the country, ”Fayemi said.
The NGF chairman accused Nigerians of not giving up hope, saying: “Even in these difficult times we must gather all efforts, show resilience, convince our people not to give up hope, because we can only defeat terrorism collectively and not in isolation. ”
He noted that Nigerians want to sleep with their eyes closed so as not to change guilt or engage in a circle of lamentations, insisting that citizens want governors to solve the problem of insecurity.
Fayemi therefore expressed the need for everyone to come together as a country, instead of getting involved in a game of guilt either as leaders or as citizens, also suggesting that national security institutions must come together, adding that there should be better coordination, better intelligence sharing and a coordinated arrangement and synergy that will allow Nigerians to defeat the threat.
He said the governors had identified with the struggle of the people of the state of Niger in the last two weeks, adding: “We feel your pain, we feel your fears and anxiety,” but he reminded people that the situation is not inherent in the state.
In his remark, Niger Governor Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello described the visit of his colleagues as boosting morale to the government and people of the state, saying the abduction of school children was a plan to prevent people from going to school but said the agenda would fail.
Bello begged the federal government to work with states to find a lasting solution to the country’s insecurity problem.
The delegation consisted of the governors of the state of Plato, Simon Bako Lalong; Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambwal; State of Kwara, Abdulrahman AbdulRasaq; and Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule.