The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Kayode Fayemi has said the Boko Haram terrorists’ runaways from the Northern part of the country are now operating in other parts of Nigeria as bandits and kidnappers.
Fayemi, while featuring on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics programme, disclosed that the insecurity in the country is not limited to Borno State or the North-East adding that there is a connection between terrorists’ activities in the North-East and the banditry in the North-West including the kidnapping in the Southern part of the country.
The Ekiti State governor therefore, urged for a comprehensive approach to end the hazard.
He said, “If a state of emergency were to be declared, I have no opinion on that, we haven’t discussed state of emergency as far as the Governors’ Forum is concerned. And that is not something that our colleagues who are at the receiving end of the insurgency have proposed to us. Governor (Babagana) Zulum or our North-East colleagues have not said anything about state of emergency.”
Fayemi added, “Insurgency is not limited to Borno State. We will be making a mistake if we do not draw a correlation between what is going on in Borno State and what is happening in other parts of the country – banditry, kidnapping, militancy, they are inextricably intertwined. Some of the insurgents that escaped from the Boko Haram territory are the ones prosecuting the banditry in the North-West; some of them are involved in the kidnapping in the South-West.
“ISWAP (Islamic State West Africa Province) insurgents coming down from Sudan, from Niger (Republic) are involved in what is going on. How many states are you going to declare state of emergency on then? So, we must take a holistic view on this.”
The NGF chairman however, demanded for power to be given to the state governments in order to handle the security of their dominion.
He noted that the Federal Government and the National Assembly will do anything to help Nigerians overcome the insecurity in the country.