By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), comprising of State Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said it is ready to work with their counterparts elected on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to restore peace across the country.
In a statement issued yesterday by the chairman of APC Governors Forum, Atiku Abubakar Bagudu, who is also the Governor of Kebbi State, the PGF, while reacting to the rescue of the abducted students of Government Science Secondary School (GSSS), Kankara, Katsina State, said the APC governors are also ready to work with non political leaders to bring peace to Nigeria.
It also commended the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, in ensuring that the abducted students regained their freedom, adding that it will continue to work under the leadership of President Buhari to bring about total peace in the country.
According to PGF, the release of the students has shown that the security agencies have the capacity and competence to protect, defend and secure Nigeria as one united, indivisible and indissoluble sovereign nation under God as affirmed by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic.
The statement said “The Progressive Governors Forum joins His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR), President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the families of abducted students at Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State, people and government of Katsina State, and indeed all Nigerians to celebrate the rescue and return of all the abducted students of the school.
“The rescue, once more attests to the capacity and competence of Nigerian security agencies to protect, defend and secure the country. With the rescue of the students, we wish to express our gratitude to God Almighty and all those who worked for the successful rescue of these students from the hands of criminal armed bandits, especially, government of Katsina State, under the leadership of His Excellency, Aminu Bello Masari.
“Given the important role of our security agencies and other non-governmental leaders in the process that rescued our Kankara school children, it demonstrates that efforts to resolve our national security problem is a responsibility that require united, resolute and prompt responses.
“We therefore appeal to all Nigerians to rise up to this responsibility and work for more effective and efficient responses to every security problem facing our dear nation as a united people. We call on our security agencies to reinforce their capacity to protect and defend lives and properties of all Nigerians in every part of the country.
“On our part, as Governors elected on the platform of the APC, we will continue to work under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR to bring to an immediate end this new phase of insecurity in the country. We will ensure that, as leaders, we are able to work in harmony with all governors, political and non-political leaders for the restoration of peace across all parts of the country, irrespective of any difference.
“Nigeria belong to all Nigerians and must be secured as “one indivisible and indissoluble sovereign nation under God” as affirmed by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic, as amended.”