The Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) has condemned Saturday’s attack on the convoys of Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno State along Maiduguri Baga Road, by Boko Haram insurgents, describing it as a distraction.
The forum made the condemnation in a statement signed by its Chairman, Gov. Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi on Sunday in Abuja, while commiserating with the people and government of Borno over the incidence, NAN reposts.
According to the statement, one of the convoys belonged to the governor while the other belonged to the committee on Baga reconstruction.
“As Progressive Governors, we are saddened by this dastardly attack, which has resulted in the unfortunate death of precious lives of security personnel and innocent citizens.
“The attack of Saturday, Sept. 26, on the two convoys by the Boko Haram insurgents is to distract the government from ensuring that life returns to normal in Borno.
“While we commiserate with the Government and people of Borno, we call on the Federal Government to immediately provide more logistical support to security agencies deployed to Borno.”
It added that the progressive governors on their part will continue to support their colleague to ensure peace and tranquillity returns to the area.
“We reaffirm our commitment to support our security agencies to end all activities of Boko Haram in all parts of Nigeria.
“We join our brother, Gov. Zulum, our leaders in Borno and Nigerians to pray for the repose of the souls of all those who lost their lives.
“In this painful period, Nigerians should be strengthened by the determination of Gov. Zulum to expedite the peace building process in Borno and indeed the whole of the North East,” the statement said.
It charged Nigerians to rise in support of the laudable initiatives of the Borno government to return citizens in the state to normal life.