By Jide Orintunsin, Abuja
Governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) under the aegis of Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) on Sunday condemned Saturday attack on the convoys of Governor Babagana Zulum and the Committee on Baga Reconstruction by Boko Haram insurgents.
The forum vowed to support the Borno Governor to see to the end of insurgence in the region.
It called on all well -meaning Nigerians to support efforts of the Governor at ending the activities of insurgents and return the displaced citizens back to normal life in the North-East region.
A statement by Chairman of the Forum and Kebbi Governor, Abubakar Bagudu on Sunday in Abuja, commiserated with the people and government of Borno State over the attack on governor’s two convoys along Maiduguri/Baga road of Borno State.
The Forum, according to Bagudu, believed the recent strategies and tactics currently adopted by Borno State Government and security agencies have turned the heat on the insurgents, hence the attack of last Saturday on the two convoys by the Boko Haram insurgents to distract the government from ensuring that life return to normal in the state.
The Governors appealed to the Federal Government to immediately provide more logistical support to security agencies deployed to Borno to ensure speedy return to normal life in State and the entire North-East region.
The statement reads: “We join our brother, Governor Zulum, our leaders in Borno State and all Nigerians to pray for the repose of the souls of all those who lost their lives.
“In this painful period, Nigerians should be strengthened by the determination of Governor Zulum to expedite peacebuilding process in Borno state and indeed the whole of North-east.
“All Nigerians should rise in support of the laudable initiatives of Borno State government to return citizens in the State back to normal life.
“We must rise in support of the people and government of Borno State to end all activities of Boko Haram insurgents, which promote trade and tax administration that fund their heinous activities.
“Clearly, the strategies and tactics currently adopted by Borno State and security agencies are very effective and the attack of Saturday, September 26, 2020 on the two convoys by the Boko Haram insurgents is to distract the government from ensuring that life return to normal in Borno State.
“While we commiserate with the Government and people of Borno State, we call on the Federal Government to immediately provide more logistical support to security agencies deployed to Borno State to ensure speedy return to normal life in Borno State and the whole of North-East.
“We commiserate with the people and government of Borno State over the unfortunate attack of Saturday, September 26, 2020 on two convoys along Maiduguri/Baga Road of Borno State – one belonging to His Excellency Governor Babagana Umara Zulum and the second belonging to the Committee on Baga Reconstruction.
“As Progressive Governors, we are saddened by this dastardly attack, which has resulted in the unfortunate death of precious lives of security personnel and innocent citizens.”
The forum promised “to support our colleague, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum. We re-affirm our commitment to support our security agencies to end all activities of Boko Haram in all parts of Nigeria.”
The Saturday attack on the convoys led to the death of eight Police men and three members if the Civilian Joint Task Force.