Call it one attack too many
By Folorunso Alagbede, Abuja
Governors of the 36 States of Federation have strongly condemned the terrorists attack on Abuja-Kaduna train, few days ago, noting with regrets that such violent attacks are becoming too many.
The Governors, under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’Forum, NGF, pointed out that the various attacks have, indeed, called to question, their collective capacity to govern.
The governors, in a statement by their Chairman and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi yesterday, condemned the attack and described it as a horror dream.
According to them, “The Kaduna -Abuja train attack on Monday night is a horror dream orchestrated by the wicked merchants of death that we must all wake up from to address.
“This is one attack too many. It must stop. First, as leaders, we owe the victims and their relations an apology as these unwarranted acts of violence are becoming too regular and they basically question our collective capacity to govern,”
The Governors prayed to God to grant those that lost their lives eternal peace and wish those that were injured speedy recovery to resume their lives and put their heartless aggressors to shame.
The statement by the NGF added, “if the intention of the murderers is to disrupt the peaceful coexistence of Nigerians, they will not succeed and when eventually total peace returns to the country, they will surely either be lifeless or excluded.
“I can assure you that this is an ugly phase in our national experience. It will certainly pass”, Dr Fayemi said.
They also expressed condolences to Nigerians, the Kaduna State government, and the people of Kaduna State.
The Governors applauded the Nigerian security agents for their efforts in coming to the rescue of the victims of the attack
According to the NGF,, “We want to salute the bravery of our security forces in curtailing the magnitude of havoc this attack was intended to visit on innocent travelers. Our prayers are with you.
“We would continue to drum our support for the professional work you do and provide assistance in enhancing your operational strength and combat readiness.
“We recognize the enormous risk you take every day.
“Their violent demeanour will not result in anything positive, instead it will confine them to an uncomfortable life in the jungle until the long arm of the law catches up with them”, said.
The governors, however, called on relevant authority to immediately install all necessary safeguards to forestall future acts of banditry on our rail tracks, roads, ports, and borders.