North­ern govs urge sus­tained prayers against in­sur­gency

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Aliyu M. Ha­m­agam, Minna

The North­ern States Gov­er­nors Fo­rum (NSGF) yes­ter­day urged Nige­ri­ans, es­pe­cially those in the North, not to de­spair over the per­sis­tent at­tacks on in­no­cent cit­i­zens in the re­gion but to con­tinue to pray for its end.

Chair­man of the fo­rum and Gover­nor of Niger State, Dr Mu’azu Ba­bangida Aliyu, in a re­ac­tion to the at­tack on some com­mu­ni­ties in Zam­fara State where about 112 people were re­port­edly killed last weekend, urged well mean­ing Nige­ri­ans to con­tinue to pray to God to end the scourge of sense­less killing of de­fence­less cit­i­zens.

Aliyu’s re­ac­tion

was con­tained in a state­ment by his spokesman, Dan­ladi Ndayebo which said: “The North­ern States Gov­er­nors Fo­rum (NSGF) ex­presses shock and sad­ness at the at­tack in Yar Gal­adima Vil­lage in Maru Lo­cal Govern­ment at the weekend. It is re­gret­table that the at­tack came a few days af­ter sev­eral people were killed in a sim­i­lar at­tack in a com­mu­nity in Zurmi Lo­cal Govern­ment of the state.” The fo­rum said the spate of at­tacks in the past few weeks negated all ef­forts by se­cu­rity agencies to re­store peace to the re­gion. It com­mis­er­ated with fam­i­lies of those killed or in­jured and called on se­cu­rity agencies to dou­ble their ef­forts in the dis­charge of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

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