Army/IPOB clash: North­ern govs hail res­i­dents for peace

Weekly Trust - - News - Uth­man Abubakar, Maiduguri

Gover­nors of the 19 north­ern states have greeted res­i­dents across the North for re­main­ing peace­ful de­spite clashes be­tween mem­bers of the In­dige­nous Peo­ple of Bi­afra (IPOB) and sol­diers in Abia State which en­dan­gered some north­ern­ers in parts of the South.

The gover­nors called on res­i­dents across the re­gion to per­ma­nently sus­tain the peace, say­ing no law abid­ing Nige­rian de­serves to be pun­ished for the mere fact that he or she hap­pens to be liv­ing or do­ing busi­ness in any part of the coun­try.

The gover­nors spoke through Gover­nor of Borno State and Chair­man of the North­ern States Gover­nors’ Fo­rum, Mr Kashim Shet­tima, in a state­ment by his Ad­viser on Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Strat­egy, Malam Isa Gusau yes­ter­day.

The gover­nors ac­knowl­edged that they were aware of spill over con­cerns in Jos, Plateau State and were also aware of the rapid step taken by their col­league, Gover­nor Si­mon Bako La­long of Plateau State who im­me­di­ately de­clared a dusk to dawn cur­few that re­stored peace.

The gover­nors how­ever noted that de­spite the pa­tri­o­tism dis­played by res­i­dents, their ad­min­is­tra­tions had since placed se­cu­rity forces on alert to tackle any un­fore­seen at­tempt to cause breach of se­cu­rity.

They called on all res­i­dents to, ir­re­spec­tive of tribe and re­li­gion, see them­selves as equal Nige­ri­ans who have the same right to freely live in any part of Nige­ria as pro­vided by the Nige­rian con­sti­tu­tion which they are un­der oath to pre­serve, pro­tect and de­fend.

They called on all Nige­ri­ans to sup­port and pro­mote peace­ful co-ex­is­tence, main­tain­ing that the col­lec­tive vi­sion to have a greater and pros­per­ous Nige­ria could only be ac­tu­alised un­der an at­mos­phere of peace and sta­bil­ity.

The north­ern gover­nors com­mis­er­ated with Nige­ri­ans af­fected by the vi­o­lence and urged north­ern­ers op­er­at­ing in any part of the coun­try to re­main law abid­ing and calm, adding that they shared in their con­cerns and would con­tin­u­ally take law­ful mea­sures to sup­port them un­der any cir­cum­stance they find them­selves.

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