The Governors of Nigeria’s 19 Northern States under the aegies of the Northern Nigerian Governors Forum have urged all organizations, whether religious or social, to operate within the law and stop illegal blockage of roads.
The governors made this known in a communique issued at the end of an emergency meeting held on Saturday in Kaduna over the alleged killing of scores of members of the Shiites Islamic Sect during a procession in Zaria.
According to the communique, the governors frowned at the arbitrary blockage of highways by unauthorized processions which inconvenience others, and resolved that processions must henceforth have police permit and protection as prescribed by the law.
It said the 19 Northern States Governors also endorsed the actions of Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Ahmed EL-rUfai, against the Shiites following the violence which ensued.
They specifically expressed support for the the Governor’s decision to constitute a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to examine the remote and immediate causes of the Zaria incident, and commended him for it.
“The governors reassured citizens of their readiness to maintain law and order while respecting the constitutional rights of citizens to practice their faith without infringing on the rights of others.
“The problems confronting us go beyond politics; We should unite to confront our common challenges and
encourage citizens to always report suspicious and concerns to constituted authority.
“They called on all Nigerians, irrespective of differences in political affiliations, religious persuasions, sectional or ethnic backgrounds, to coalesce into a single unit and collectively fight the nation’s common tragedies of poverty, destitution and illiteracy.
“The governors reaffirmed their commitment to take measures to revive and grow the economies of Northern States to create jobs and other opportunities, adding that efforts are already in top gear to review agriculture and industries related to agriculture.
“They also appealed to the media to exercise restraint and decorum, and to avoid inflaming passions or stoking the embers of division and intolerance,” the communique said.
It added that the governors also offered their condolences to the families of all those who lost their lives in the Zaria tragedy, and wished speedy recovery for those who were wounded.