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Tinubu to Governors: Ensuring peace, stability in Nigeria is our shared responsibility

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, in a Group Photograph with State Governors

*President Bola Ahmed Tinubu condoles with the victims of the recent killings in Plateau State, emphasising the sanctity of human life while reminding the state governors of the leaders’ mutual responsibility of ensuring peace and stability across Nigeria

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has asserted that the Federal and sub-national governments of Nigeria have the mutual responsibility of ensuring peace and stability across the country.

Speaking during a meeting with the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) in his residence Tuesday, December 26, 2023, in Lagos, President Tinubu reiterated his condemnation of the latest killings in Plateau State.

Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity, inna statement issued Tuesday, said Tinubu, while addressing the governors, issued a stern directive to security agencies to halt the carnage in Plateau State and intensify the pursuit of those responsible for the recent tragic events in Bokkos and Barkin-Ladi Local Government Areas (LGAs).

Condoling with the victims, the Nigerian leader also emphasised the sanctity of human life and called for a paradigm shift among those with contrary beliefs, cautioning them about the inevitable consequences of their actions.

“Nigeria needs peace and stability to move forward. Nigeria belongs to all of us, and we have to take care of it,” said President Tinubu.

The statement noted that he equally acknowledged the presence of Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State at the meeting in Lagos.

The President commended him for his efforts at peacefully resolving the political challenges in the South-South state.

Tinubu further said: “I thank you for your statesmanship. I listened to your broadcast and your emphasis on peace. “It is only with peace that effective governance can thrive, and governance has commenced in earnest under my watch.”

On 2024 Budget Estimates in NASS

In regard to the 2024 Federal Appropriation Bill before the National Assembly (NASS), in Abuja, President Tinubu informed the governors that he had a review meeting on the document earlier Tuesday in connection with certain elements in the Budget Proposals with Mr. Wale Edun, Honourable Minister for Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, and Sen. Atiku Bagudu, Honourable Minister for Budget and Economic Planning.

The President stressed the need for joint responsibility and closer collaboration between the Federal and sub-national governments to foster rapid infrastructural development in every part of the West African country.

“I want us to discard federal, state, or rural road classifications. We must regard development as a joint responsibility. Let us prioritise our children.

“The school feeding programme must return quickly, beginning from the Local Government to the state and Federal governments.

“We must be ready to protect our children and prepare them for the future,” the President stated.

Speaking at the forum with Tinubu, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) expressed solidarity with the government and the people of Plateau State.

Governor Abdulrazaq said: “May God be with the souls of the departed and bring peace to Plateau State. The Governor of Plateau State, we are with you; stay strong.”

The NGF Chairman also reaffirmed state governments’ support for the bold decisions and reforms initiated by President Tinubu’s administration.

The governor stated: “These are challenging times. It is not a walk in the park. Removing fuel subsidies had a great structural effect on the economy of the states.”

Governor Abdulrazaq added: “But we are confident that we will overcome these challenges and bounce back better.”

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