Dr. Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu
From Aisha Wakaso in Minna
Governors of the 19 northern states have urged Boko Haram not to reject the federal government’s olive branch for dialogue.
The governors, under the aegis of the Northern States Governors’ Forum, expressed concern over Friday’s terrorist attack on the Borno State Police headquarters in Maiduguri in which 12 people were reportedly killed.
NSGF chairman and Niger State governor, Dr. Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu, urged the terrorists to respect the sanctity of human lives while expressing their grievances, stating that the forum was pained by the latest bomb attacks on schools, places of worship and security formations.
Aliyu, in a statement by his chief press secretary, Danladi Ndayebo, challenged those with grievances in all parts of the country to follow the path of dialogue instead of violence.
The forum commiserated with the families of the policemen killed in the blast and called on all security agencies to double their efforts in discharging their responsibilities of protecting lives and property.