The Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Dr Kayode Fayemi, has given an assurance that the federal and state governments are working together to end banditry, kidnapping and other criminal acts.
He made this known on Tuesday in Katsina when he led three governors on a solidarity visit to Gov. Aminu Masari over the recent abduction of some students of the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara.
Fayemi, who is also the governor of Ekiti State, said that the governors were on top of the situation.
He said: “For us, the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), we believe that we not only have to be on top of banditry, kidnapping and criminality generally, but we also have to be on top of the causes of these problems.
“Social inequality and poverty are key issues and we need to ensure that our governments, our states move our young people away from the merchants of death, who are using them as cannon fodder for these criminal brigandage
“We can only do that by providing them with alternative means of livelihood and support system that will not entice them to these elements that are endangering the whole of our country.
“And this is something that we are committed to as governors, in working with Mr President, so that we don’t keep on talking about something over and over again.
“We are all tired, we are all frustrated that these issues are happening.
“But we know that with concerted efforts on our part as governors and the commitment of the Federal Government, the professional conduct of our security services and our social investment programme intensified, we shall see the end of these criminality, brigandage in our states.”
He said that the governors were in Katsina in solidarity with their Katsina State counterpart and the people of the state.
“We reassure and give the people hope that help is on the way and that the end is not as far as we all think,” he said.
He also said that governors would work together to return the country to peace, progress, development and prosperity.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Gov. Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State and Gov. Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State are also members of the NGF delegation.