36 states Governors have requested a detailed evaluation of the numerous security challenges besetting the nation to enable efficient comprehension of scope, nature and better ways to resolve them.
The Governors, at a conference in Abuja on Wednesday night, expressed concerns over the seemingly intractable nature of the problem of insecurity in the country.
Although they were particularly worried about the recent attacks of police formations and correctional institution in Imo State, and the slaughter of soldiers in Benue state.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Ekiti Governor, Kayode Fayemi, who briefed journalists on the outcome of the meeting made some statements.
On security issues, members are particularly worried, following what happened in Imo State; the attack on the correctional facility and the Police Command headquarters, and successive acts of violence and insecurity across the country. Also the killings of soldiers at Benue.
The forum has expressed its worry that it is time for us to revisit, comprehensively, the nature and depth of this security crisis, which would have gotten worse if states had not been taking the actions they’ve been taking individually and collectively.
It is the steps taken at the state level that have managed to reduce the depth and the enormity of the security challenges.
Nonetheless, it is still a worrisome development for us and we feel we will need a special look at the entire gamut of the security issues that we are dealing with and further engage the authorities, both at the political level and federal authorities at the security level to deal with these multifaceted challenges of security that we have faced.
Meanwhile,Fayemi said the meeting also discussed issues encompassing financial autonomy for the Judiciary and Legislature at the state level and the implementation of Executive Order 10, over which court workers have embarked on a nationwide strike since Tuesday last week.
The forum has resolved on several issues to take forward, both with the committee responsible for legislative and judicial autonomy, of which we have members that have been representing us.
Our committee responsible for engaging with the representatives of the Legislature and the representatives of the Judiciary will meet them tomorrow (Thursday) to convey the position of the governors to them.
Well, I am not at liberty to discuss the details of those positions until we’ve discussed them with those that are directly involved in them. Thank you; Fayemi said.