The Nigerian 36 states governors are to raise funds for the purchase of necessary equipment for the military and other security institutions.
The agreement was made during the meeting on the platform of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) at the presidential villa, Abuja early Thursday morning, February 18.
The governors agreed to give up portions of their states’ share of the Excess Crude Account, the Natural Resource Development Fund and the Economic Stabilisation Fund for the project.
The governors argued that this is imperative to efficiently tackle the menace of the crimes and criminality plaguing the country.
The decision decision was revealed in a communique issued at the end of the forum’s first physical meeting in COVID-19 era and read by its Chairman and Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi.
The communique reads:
“Our meeting also reviewed the challenges of resourcing for our military institutions. We welcome the appointment of new services chiefs and we are supportive of the work they promised to do. We hope a new security architecture will emerge from these new leadership.
“On our part, we are prepared to support the dedication of portions of the Excess Crude Account and the Natural Resource Development Fund and the Economic Stabilisation Fund to providing the necessary equipment for the military and other security institutions to address immediately the impunity associated with all of the crimes and criminality that we have highlighted in this briefing.
“In this wise, we have also expressed our interest in strengthening our judicial system so that they can accelerate access to justice for victims of crime and criminality in the country.”
: “Governors are irrevocably committed to the protection of lives and property in our states and we are full of sympathy for those who have lost lives and property. The governors’ forum has gone ahead to provide some financial support to victims of the conflicts experienced in Uyo and Ogun states where our delegation visited over the last week.
“Nigerian governors also are very clear that crime and criminality should be comprehensively prosecuted wherever they may occur without ethnic, religious or any other colouration.
“Governors are totally opposed to ethnic profiling of crime. Knowing what has transpired in other parts of the world, whether we are talking of the way youths were profiled in Germany leading to the world war, or we talking of the way Tutsis were profiled leading to the genocide experienced in Rwanda.
We do not believe that crimes are associated with a particular ethnic group. And to that extent, we unreservedly condemn any attempt to profile any ethnic group on account of a particular crime.
“Governors are also totally opposed to the proliferation of fake news, and the abuse of social media. Many of us have seen those fake videos that have almost led to reprisals in other parts of the country and we want to explore both our mainstream media organizations as well as individuals to apply restraint in the way and manner issues relating to the security of lives and property is reported.”
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