- Nigerian governors have made a vital request from the federal government amid rising insecurity
- NGF chairman, Governor Kayode Fayemi, has demanded bailout funds from President Muhammadu Buhari on behalf of his colleagues
- The governors also highlighted abject poverty, unemployment and illiteracy as some the causes of insecurity in the country
President Muhammadu Buhari has been asked by the Nigerian governors to support them win the fight against insecurity by giving out bailout funds.
The governors made this vital request on Tuesday, August 12, following another meeting with the president and the security chiefs.
The meeting, which was held via videoconferencing, was also attended by the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo.
Governor Kayode Fayemi, chairman of Nigerian Governors' Forum (NGF), said the bailout funds became necessary since governors have allowed the federal government to withdraw $1 billion from the excess crude account to procure weapons.
“The Governors also pointed to the problem of coordination among military and security chiefs and played up their own security roles which included USD1 billion they allowed the President to withdraw from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) for weapons procurement two years ago.
“They, therefore, urged the President to consider a “bailout” for security for the States in view of the enormity of the resources they now expend in support of the military and the police,” Garba Shehu, presidential spokesperson, said after the meeting.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Shehu Sani has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to the leaders of southern Kaduna, saying that is the only way to stop the bloodshed and violence in the region.
The former lawmaker, who represented Kaduna Central in the eighth National Assembly, issued this admonition on Sunday, August 9, amid a spate of bandit attacks in southern Kaduna.
Speaking through a tweet, Sani said President Buhari can only know the truth and cause of the ceaseless attacks on the Christian-dominated communities if he discusses "directly with the leaders" of the district.
It would be recalled that the violence in the region has led to the death of hundreds while many communities were sacked following continuous invasion by suspected bandits and terrorists.
Sani, however, said the only way to curb the menace of the bandits is for President Buhari to invite and listen to the leaders of the affected communities.
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