By Tognaan Dada Bawa in Jos
The Northern States Governors Forum says it is distressed with the killing of three of the students recently abducted at the Greenfield University, Kaduna State by their kidnappers.
Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State Simon Bako Lalong while reacting to the incident, described the murder of the young innocent students as shocking, barbaric and condemnable.
Lalong in a statement signed by Makut Macham,
Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State and Chairman, Northern Governors Forum, in Jos, on Saturday, said there is no justification for the kidnap and murder of the innocent students who were simply in school to study and prepare themselves for service to the nation.
This action according to him, is an act of sheer wickedness that must not be allowed to go unpunished.
The chairman disclosed that the Northern Governors have continued to engage the Federal Government and security agencies towards a lasting solution to this menace of kidnapping and other criminal activities particularly in schools which has great implications for the future of education in the region and the nation at large.
Lalong explained that the recent meeting of the Forum with President Muhammadu Buhari and Service Chiefs was to further consolidate on measures towards addressing the security challenges of the region and the nation as a whole.
While commiserating with the families of the murdered students, the Governors called for the immediate andj unconditional release of the other students still under captivity.
Meanwhile, the Forum has commiserated with the Government and people of Kano State over the demise of the mother of Emirs of Kano and Bichi, Hajiya Maryam Ado Bayero.
They described her as a loving, humble and exemplary mother that devoted her life to inculcating positive values to the younger generation and also promoting peaceful coexistence and tolerance among people of different persuasions. They prayed God to grant her eternity and console the royal family.