Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of NGF

Insecurity: We may not have a choice but dialogue with bandits –Nigerian Governors

*The Nigeria Governors’ Forum discloses that it may not have a choice but to explore other avenues side by side with whatever the security institutions are doing, if that means engaging in dialogue with the bandits

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Against the backdrop of the incessant security challenges and apparent helplessness of the constituted authorities to contain them in recent times, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has said it will do all that is required for peace to return to the nation, even if it takes the Forum to engage in dialogue with the rampaging bandits.

Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of NGF, disclosed this Tuesday, February 23 when he led some members of the Forum on a solidarity visit to Governor Sani Bello of Niger State in Minna, the state capital, report said.

It is recalled that about 27 students of Government Science College, Kagara, three teachers, two non-teaching staff and nine family members of the staff staying in the quarters were February 16 kidnapped by bandits in the state.

Before the latest Kagara abduction, some bandits were reported to have stopped a Niger State Transit Authority (NSTA) bus in the Yakila District of the Rafi Local Government Area February 15 and abducted at least 21 of the passengers.

While sympathising with his Niger State counterpart, Dr. Fayemi said the issue of insecurity was a national concern, as several abductions in the state were not unique to Niger State.

The NGF Chairman stated: “We all feel your pain. We feel the fears and the anxieties of the good people of Niger State.

“This is not uncommon. What happens here is not unique to you.

“We also need to explore other avenues side by side with whatever the security institutions are doing if that means engaging in dialogue. We may not have a choice.”

Fayemi added: “We may have to do that, anything to help us to deal with this immediate crisis, and then to begin to address on a much more (sic) longer time basis, the root causes of this social dislocation responsible for what we are witnessing all around us.”

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