The All Progressives Congress (APC) governors yesterday said the country has witnessed so much blood shed and called for a lasting solution to the wanton destruction of lives and property.
The APC governors also announced that they would set up a Trust Fund to support the fight against terrorism.
Speaking with reporters at the National Hospital, Abuja, where they commiserated with survivors of the deadly bomb blast in Nyanya, the Forum’s chairman and Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, said the governors would join forces with other democrats in the country to end the bad story as soon as possible.
His words: “We also out of our concern decided to establish a Trust Fund by the APC governors to support the families of the victims of this unholy act. And we shall also join forces with other democrats to ensure that this bad story ends as quickly as possible. Once more, we pray for the deceased and the families of those that lost their lives”.
Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola, Adamawa State Governor Mutala Nyako, Nasarawa State Governor Tanko Al-Makura, Kwara State Governor Fatai Ahmed, Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun and Ekiti State Governor Fayemi Kayode were part of Okorocha’s delegation.
He urged President Goodluck Jonathan to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act even as they tasked him to do more to guarantee lives and property of Nigerians.
“We notice that the shedding of blood in our nation is becoming worrisome and as leaders, we believe that this is not the time to say what is wrong or who is wrong”, Okorocha said, adding that “this is the time that we must all close ranks to ensure the safety of lives and property. This is not the time to talk politics with people’s lives.
“This is not the time to talk politics with people’s lives. So, we appeal to all Nigerians irrespective of political party and religion to come together and unite to fight this evil of the moment, which has terrorise our nation”.
Gov. Al-Makura urged all Nigerians to take security consciousness as part of their responsibility.
He advised that “security should not be left in the hands of security operatives alone”.
His words: “My advice to Nigerians is that we should be vigilant. We should not leave the issue of security in the hands of security operatives alone. Security should be everybody’s business. We should be more meticulous, we should be more careful, we should be more observant”.
Al-Makura called on Nigerians to report suspicious persons and their activities to security operatives.
“Once we do that, we will be complementing the efforts of the security operatives in checkmating crimes such as this”, he said.