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Northern governors urge Boko Haram, Ansaru to sheathe swords

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The Northern States Governors Forum on Monday pleaded with terrorist groups in the region to sheathe their swords and give peace a chance.

The Forum, which made the call in Abuja through its chairman, Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, said it is worried about “senseless killing of innocent citizens” in the region.

The statement, signed by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo, asked terrorist groups to embrace dialogue.

The statement reads: “The Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) has appealed to terrorist groups in the country to give peace a chance, saying a situation where aggrieved individuals take laws into their hands will not advance the course of peace.

“The chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu said the senseless killing of innocent citizens from Thursday last week throughout the weekend in various parts of the north negated all efforts to restore peace to the region.

“The forum expressed serious concern at the renewed attacks on citizens, beginning from a fire incident caused by bomb blast at Gamboru Market in Borno State on Thursday, as well as the killing of 10 people at Kogom Village in Plateau State on the same day.

“The forum said it was equally alarmed at the killing of five young men playing card game in Gombe town on Friday and the killing of another five persons and burning of houses when Hausas and Jikuns reportedly engaged themselves in a bloody combat in Wukari, Taraba State on Saturday.

“The forum said it is saddened by the news on Sunday of the death of five persons in Zangon Kataf Local Government of Kaduna State which took a violent pattern like the ones before it.

“It decried the rising wave of murders of innocent Nigerians and increasing propensity of citizens to resort to violence to settle their differences.

“The forum said the surest way to resolve differences is through dialogue and therefore challenged those with grievances in all parts of the country to follow the path of dialogue instead of violence.

”The forum commiserated with the families of those killed or injured during the blast and called on all security agencies to double their efforts in the discharge of their responsibilities of protecting the lives and property of the citizens.

“It said northern governors were working closely with the federal government to ensure that normalcy returns to the region.”

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