The Northern Governors Forum has said that the Federal Government and State Governments have been magnanimous to #EndSARS protesters.

This was issued according to a communiqué issued at the end of the forum’s emergency meeting on Thursday, 22nd October in Kaduna. The meeting was attended by all the Governors of the 19 Northern States and was chaired by H.E Governor Simon Lalong, The Governor of Plateau State.

According to the communiqué, The Governors expressed worry and concern on why the protests have persisted despite the magnanimity exhibited by the Federal Government and various State Governments calls from well-meaning Nigerians to put an end to the protest.

“The meeting discussed the various dimensions of Endsars protest across the Country. While appreciating the constitutional rights of all citizens to express concern even by way of protest, it however condemned the incessant destruction of lives and properties that ensued in the process,” the communiqué added.

It can be recalled that the #EndSARS protests turned violent in some places in the country, with citizens killed in Lekki and the palace of the Oba of Lagos looted.

The Forum strongly sues for unity and peaceful co-existence of all citizens and groups of people in Nigeria and urged all Nigerians to see themselves as equal citizens of the country as the unity of Nigeria cannot be compromised. The communiqué also regrets the presence of external influencers both locally and internationally.

“The forum restates its confidence in the unity of Nigeria and supports all our colleagues in other states of the Federation in our collective efforts to restore peace and stability”, the communiqué further reads.

“The Forum then salutes the resilience and restraint of the Northern Youths in the face of the current challenges. Also, the Forum acknowledges the leadership qualities executed exhibited by some prominent Nigerian Leaders in persuading and calming nerves of the youths”, the communiqué concluded.

The communique issued at the end of the Northern Governors Forum emergency meeting held in Kaduna on Thursday

The meeting is coming weeks after #EndSARS and #SecureNorth protests are rocking the nation. Many however regret that no mention of the #SecureNorth protests is made.

Read: How the #SecureNorth Protests Fared in All the 19 Northern States

The forum’s meeting has been overshadowed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech which was largely criticized on social media for its lack of empathy.

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