Northern Governors demand end to Boko Haram violence

FILE PHOTO: Scene of Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

Fresh attacks occurred weekend in Borno state.

The Northern States Governors Forum has charged Nigeria’s security agencies to do all within their powers to end the killing of defenseless citizens, especially in the north east region where gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram group have continued to kill innocent people since 2009.

Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, who gave the charge on Sunday said members of the forum were seriously concerned at the renewed attacks on innocent citizens, following the gruesome murder of 18 persons in some farming communities around Maiduguri, the Borno State capital at the weekend.

“The forum is particularly alarmed that the shooting dead of 18 persons in Njaba, Mude, Kwaljiri and Kaya villages in Borno followed the same pattern as previous midnight attacks on towns and villages in the region,” said a statement signed by Mr. Aliyu’s Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo.

The forum described the fresh attacks as “horrendous, callous and inhuman”.
The forum also called on security agencies to halt the incessant clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the region.

It commiserated with the families of the victims and prayed God to grant eternal rest to the deceased and quick recovery to those who sustained injuries during the attacks.

The forum called on security agencies to do more to protect the lives and properties of citizens and also ensure that those perpetrating violence in the region are brought to justice.

The State Governors reiterated their pledge to continue to work with other tiers of government to bring an end to security challenges confronting the nation.


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  • growthengine

    they do not condemn when fulani herdsmen rampage killing innocent people in plateau

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Beg APC and the rampaging fulani herdsmen in the middlebelt and not the FG, as they victims too

  • Just Say it as it is

    The tribal militia of the north otherwise known as Boko Haram has failed woefully in advancing political agitation and power struggle for the northern political desperadoes but have succeeded in crippling economic activities in some part of the north to the detriment of the power drunk and born to rule advocates of northern extraction. God help Nigeria.

    • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

      Oh! was it the reason why a Christian from the Middle Belt went and bailed the former BH leader in the person of M. Yusuf when he (M. Yusuf) was arrested? We can now understand the game, thank you for educating us. This is because we used to be generous with our votes which saw OBJ, GEJ to villa.

      • Just Say it as it is

        The northern governors need to be sincere in finding pragmatic solutions to the Boko Haram crises. We do not have the luxury of time, we need peace and democratic tranquility now.

        • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

          I am in agreement with your latest statement. I even made a statement in one of the nation’s newspapers that knowing the capability of our SSS, Military Intelligence and our CID, the way to do away with BH it could have been the use their (SSS, etc.) expertise and get the people buy-in and cut down or completely cut off their (BH) logistics. Agree the governors have role to play but their hands are tided. The man (SAS) who started it all is now closer to authority.

  • kharixmah

    How can the security operatives stop boko haram when the APC is blocking the confirmation of the appointment of the new service chiefs? Who is fooling who?

  • shorebattery

    No, let the massacre continue! I hope the Nigerian military hears this! If the Nigerian military steps in now, the Northern Elders Forum will take the new chief of army staff to the ICC. So let the massacre continue. If the governors want an end they should organize their own local vigilante and arm them with bows and arrows to fight the Boko Haram.

  • PEOPLE

    NORTHERN ELDERS CREATED BOKO HARAM AND THEY KNOW HOW TO END BOKO HARAM.

    • Angryman

      We may be dealing with the monster of Frankenstein here
      A genie out of the bottle!

  • Ahmed Abubakar

    Boko haram the soldiers of the blood sucking god Allah. Mentally demented set of lunatics fighting for the paedophile prophet muhammad (may he burn in hell). Thank God I’m no longer a Muslim.

    • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

      You were never a Muslim. Please give your real name. And, for information Boko Haram started with killing an Iman in a mosque and on two or three occasions their leader (Mohammed Yusuf) was arrested and on various occassions it was a Christian and a member of CAN from the Middle Belt that bailed him. Today as it stand, the number of Muslims killed by BH far out number that of Christians. His Excellency President GEJ also attest to this fact.

      • Angryman

        Somebody said he was a muslim , but you say he wasn’t
        And you concluded he must be a Christian
        Do you know the person
        Sorry , what made them kill the Imam
        Everybody knows that Christians have been the primary targets of Boko Haram, because they are intent at making Nigeria an Islamic state
        When they were killing and maiming Christians you their muslim brothers kept quiet in complicity
        Some muslims were also killed as collateral damage
        Now they seem not to differentiate between Christians and muslims which got you people worried
        That a Christian bailed Mohammed Yusuf shouldn’t come as a surprise
        I believe nobody knows the exact relationship between the said Christian and Yusuf
        But one can be sure it was not to support his evil
        Christians are peace-loving people
        Could it be that he was trying to convince/persuade Yusuf to abandon his violent method
        Yusuf’s salvation might also have informed the relationship
        Christians don’t hate people, but the evil in them
        If there is anything between them that you know that we don’t know I think the world will be interested in knowing
        The question shouldn’t be which side is killed more, but what right they have to kill anybody
        We would have expected our muslim brothers to do more in putting an end to this Boko Haram scourge to convince us they are not hand in gloves with them