*Vow to meet Buhari, security chiefs over insecurity
*Insist fragile security architecture must be addressed
*If Zulum can be attacked, nobody in Borno is safe- El-Kanemi
Last Wednesday’s attack on the convoy of the Borno State Governor, Professor BabaganaZulum, is not an incident that governors under the umbrella of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, would keep quiet about.
Not surprisingly, the governors yesterday raised alarm, saying the attack shows how vulnerable Nigeria has become.
In a solidarity letter to Governor Zulum, NGF said it has resolved to meet with President MuhammaduBuhari over the rising insecurity across the country, with a view to finding lasting solutions to it.
It would be recalled that suspectedBoko Haram insurgents had attacked Governor Zulum’s convoy when he was touring some communities in Borno State.
According to NGF’s letter signed by its Chairman and Governor of Ekiti State, KayodeFayemi,the attack on Zulum reveals the fragile nature of the security architecture in the country.
“On behalf of the 36 State Governors of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under the platform of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, I write to express our solidarity with you and the people of Borno State following the attack last Wednesday by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect.
“This is one unwarranted attack too many. It epitomizes our collective vulnerability and the fragility of the country’s security architecture.
“Although you emerged from this incident unscathed, we note with regret the injuries sustained by two members of the Civilian Joint Task Force, CJTF and a police officer attached to your convoy and do accordingly pray for their quick recovery.
“Mr. Governor, forum members are resolutely behind you in your efforts to rid Borno State of these dastardly and wicked agents of evil.
“We are appalled by the worsening security situation in the country generally in spite of all the efforts of government to end it,” the letter reads in part.
Speaking further, Governor Fayemi disclosed that its sub-committee on security would meet on Tuesday (today) after which they would dialogue with President Buhari and heads of security agencies.
In a related development, the Shehu of Borno, AlhajiAbubakarIbn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, has decried the attack on Zulum, saying leaders and citizens of Borno State are no longer safe.
Alhaji El-Kanemi, who made the lamentation in Maiduguri when he paid the traditional Sallah homage on Governor Zulum at the Government House, described the development as disturbing.
He lamented that if the convoy of a whole chief security officer of the state would be attacked, then “wallahi nobody is safe because he is the number one citizen and the chief security officer of the state.”
He added that “if a convoy of such highly placed person in the state will be attacked, I repeat, nobody is safe. The matter is getting worse, I urge everyone to raise up their hands to seek Allah’s intervention,” he added.
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