Northern governors to meet over Zaria killings

Shi'ite procession from Kaduna to Zaria

Governors of the 19 northern states under the auspices of the Northern States Governors Forum, have summoned an emergency meeting to discuss recent happenings in the region, particularly the recent fracas between the Nigerian Army and members of Shi’ites group, which led to the deaths of many persons in Zaria, Kaduna State.

The governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, who doubles as chairman of the forum, announced Wednesday night that the 19 governors would be holding an emergency meeting on Saturday in Kaduna.

Mr. Shettima’s spokesperson, Isa Gusau, said the decision to hold the meeting followed consultations between the governors on Wednesday night after reviewing recent developments in parts of northern Nigeria.

He said the northern governors were worried by the situation and hence their resolve to wade into the matter.

“The governors call on citizens and all parties associated with the incident in Zaria to be calm and exercise restraint, assuring that far reaching steps will be taken to guarantee restoration of normalcy in a sustained manner.

“The governors call on citizens to go about their activities peacefully and in obedience to lawful provisions,” Mr. Gusau said.

Mr. Gusau also said governors across the 19 states would at all times take measures that will promote peace and public safety as well as justice and fairness to all citizens in line with constitutional provisions.

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