Following the recent fracas between the members of the Shi’tes Islamic sect and the Nigerian army personnel in the ancient city of Zaria, which culminated in the death of scores of the sect members, the Governors of the 19 northern states are to hold an emergency meeting in Kaduna on Saturday.
Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, who is the Chairman of the group of northern governors, otherwise called the Northern States Governors Forum, made this known in a statement by his spokesman, Mr Isa Gusau, on Thursday.
According to Gusau, the governors took the decision on Wednesday night after due consultations and review of recent happenings in the northern part of the country.
He said the northern governors had resolved to look into the incident because the situation was worrisome to them, and are meanwhile calling on all law abiding citizens to go about their activities peacefully in obedience to the law.
“The governors call on citizens and all parties associated with the incident in Zaria to be calm and exercise restraint, assuring that far reaching steps will be taken to guarantee restoration of normalcy in a sustained manner,” he said.
Shettima’s spokesman further assured that northern state governors will always ensure the promotion of peace and public safety, justice and fairness to all citizens through deliberate measures to that effect, using the instrumentality of the law.
The Street Journal recalls that the fracas which reportedly resulted from the unauthorized blocking of roads in Zaria by the Shi’tes sect members had resulted in the death of no fewer than 100 members of the sect.