ADO-EKITI— Progressive Governors’ Forum has cautioned President Goodluck Jonathan against declaring state of emergency in some states in the northern part of the country, saying such move would further worsen the security problem in the country.
According to a statement signed on behalf of the governors by
Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday, any
attempt to force emergency rule on these states would be considered as
looking for an opportunity to remove the governors at all cost.
The statement said: “We believe the presence of the Joint Task
Force, JTF, in the affected areas is capable of restoring peace if
“Thus any attempt to declare a state of emergency would be seen as a mere excuse to remove the governors by every means.”
The governors urged the President to be consistent and adhere
strictly with the combination of dialogue and mediation which it has
already set in motion
They said: “The Progressive Governors’ Forum implores Mr. President
to be consistent with the combination of dialogue and mediation, which
he has already set in motion, and stay action on the planned declaration
of state of emergency in the affected states, which we believe would be
“The forum further advised the President to consult widely with
religious leaders and leading traditional rulers across the country with
a view to solving the problem.
“It is also suggested that the Presidency, in addition to the
committee, consults extensively with the leadership of the Christian and