Northern Governors declare support for emergency rule in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa


The Northern Governors’ meeting has also been postponed.

The Northern States Governors Forum, NSGF, has expressed support for the emergency rule imposed on the Northern States of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.

The forum said it believes the imposition of emergency rule will complement the offer of amnesty made to the members of Boko Haram sect to restore peace to the affected states.

The Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, in a statement on Friday urged all security agencies deployed to the affected to states to operate by their rules of engagement. He advised the military to respect the sanctity of human lives, especially civilians who are not involved in the crisis.

The statement signed by Governor Aliyu’s Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo, called on people in the affected states to also cooperate with military personnel posted to their areas to avoid unnecessary loss of lives.

While commending President Goodluck Jonathan for taking the action, the forum appealed to members of the Boko Haram to accept government’s gesture of amnesty so that lasting peace will return to the region and Nigeria in general.

The forum also commiserated with the families of those who lost their lives in an attack by gunmen in Daura, Katsina State on Thursday and advised citizens to remain vigilant and report any suspicious movement or persons to the police or other security agencies.

Meanwhile a regular meeting of the Northern States Governors Forum earlier scheduled to hold in Kaduna on Tuesday has been shifted to May 28 to allow governors of the affected states monitor the take-off of the emergency rule in their domains.

Top on the agenda of the meeting is deliberation on the report of the Committee on Reconciliation, Healing and security submitted to the Governors in Abuja last month. The meeting will also discuss the proclamation of emergency rule on Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States by President Jonathan.


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  • growthengine

    So they support the state of emergency. If they had showed enough support from day one, this Boko Haram would not have become this monster today

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Amaechi led Nigeria Governor’s forum rejected the declaration of a state of emergency, ACN a treacherous political party equally rejected same, but the Northern Governors forum, who are bearing the brunt of the whole exercise, have wholeheartedly welcomed the president’s move. Therefore the unfortunate stand of Ameachi and his ACN friends and other people who do not want peaceful co existence of Nigerians is not only reprehensible, but goes to show their hatred for the north. God will jidge them

  • Lanre

    @BlackieUmukoro:disqus, don’t you find it funny that some Southern Political Leaders are the ones crying more than the bereaved. From Amaechi to Tinubu. The people bearing the brunt of Boko Haram assaults have come out to commend the move (i.e the Governors in the affected states). But our own do-gooders, always looking for fault with Jonathan condemn the move. This was a bold military move targeted at the North-Eastern flank of Nigeria (which was why it had to include Adamawa) aimed at cutting off the head of the snake. Let’s see how Boko Haram reacts to this. My thinking is their sleeper cells will wake up in the other parts of the country (like Daura) or they will try other fronts (apart from the North-East).