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NGF rejects declaration of 'state of emergency'

13 May 2013, 16:41

Abuja-  The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) on Monday in Abuja called on the Federal Government to ignore the ongoing agitation for the declaration of state of emergency in some parts of the country.

The forum made the call in a statement signed by its Chairman, Gov. Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers and made available to newsmen in Abuja.

The statement said that the request for a state of emergency was being made by people, who do not have the interest of the country at heart, adding that such people were bent on plunging the country into deeper crisis.

"The Federal Government should not allow itself to be distracted from our collective goal of curbing the insurgency in some parts of our country once and for all.

"We have no other country to call home and it is important that we understand the danger and futility of destroying our land in the pursuit of a selfish agenda,'' the statement said.

It appealed to aggrieved individuals and groups in the country to appreciate the fact that violence could never be a solution to any problem.

The statement said that it was gratifying that government at all levels were working hard to get to the root of the killings in Borno, Nasarawa, Benue and Adamawa states.

This, it said, would ensure that such violent killings were nipped in the bud.

It commended the Federal Government for agreeing to cooperate fully with the National Human Rights Commission in the investigation of the killings in Baga in Borno.

It also commended security agencies in the country for their selfless sacrifice in the interest of all to restore calm to all parts of the country.

It, however, urged the Federal Government to continue to support affected states in its bid to check violence.

The statement further tasked the Federal Government to remain focused as it continues to provide leadership until every part of the country was rid of violence and insurgency.

It condemned the recent violence and killings in Borno, Nasarawa, Benue, Adamawa and some other states in the country and commiserated with the people and government of the affected states.

The statement also commiserated with security agencies and the families of the victims and prayed God to grant them and other Nigerians the fortitude to bear the loss.

The statement further urged security agencies to continue to do their jobs in the most professional manner.

It expressed satisfaction with the Federal Government's decision to set up a committee to explore the possibilities of granting amnesty to the members of the Boko Haram sect.

This, it said, was a demonstration of an uncommon love for the country.



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