Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi says States can only beat insurgency if they unite.
Fayemi said, Tuesday at the Government House Minna that States cannot risk working in isolation to fight violent crimes.
In his words, “We all feel your pains, we feel the fears and the anxieties of the good people of Niger State. We must put all our heads together, put our efforts together, demonstrate resilience, reassure our people not to give up hope because ultimately we can defeat terrorism collectively not in isolation”.
The NGF boss said it was the responsibility of States to ensure security and welfare of citizens.
He also called for the combination of retributive and restorative justice options in solving the conflicts.
“We may have to engage in dialogue to find the root causes of this social dislocation”, he said.
Kayode appealed for “proper coordination” among security outfits for optimal results.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State, said he was encouraged by the NGF visit but needed Federal Government to address insecurity in the country as State Governors were “limited” in security administration.
He said, “Time has come for the Federal Authorities to key in and work with state governments so that we are able to provide adequate intelligence and find a lasting solution to this menace.
“We are State Governors but we all have our limitations when it comes to control of operations, we do not fully control the Army, Air Force or even the Police”.
“I agree we should dialogue, as bad as it seems, there is need to look at the root causes and see how we can address them but then, make no mistake, for those who have chosen the path of terrorism and do not show any sign of repentance, then the needful must be done.”