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The 36 governors of the states in the federation has threatened to prevail on the President to fire security chiefs if they cannot put an end to the series of killings in the country.

However, the governor said they are ready to interact with the security chiefs to let them “understand where we are and how this thing (killings) is depleting the relationship among the citizens”.

Abdulaziz Yari, the governor of Zamfara State and chairman of the governor’s league said yesterday in Jos, Plateau State Capital, yesterday stated that the security chiefs must do more or “else, we have no option than to ask the President to relieve them,” of their responsibility.

Yari made this known in Jos, when he led an delegate of the forum to condole with the governor of the state with Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau on the recent murder of 86 people in parts of the state by suspected herdsmen.

The governor called for the end of the series of killings in the country, adding that if this tread is not checked leaders like themselves will one day be the victims of the incessant attack.

“We want to come together as a family to fight this menace because the killers are everywhere. How can we watch these evil people killing our people ?

“We encourage Mr. President that whoever is found wanton in these killings should be brought to book.

“In my state, I said I will step down as chief security officer because the situation was so tight for me over the killings and incessant attacks on my people.

“We must do something as leaders now;if not, the killers will soon come after us the leaders of the people.

“We encourage you as governor not to lose focus.Plateau state has been enjoying relative peace over the years under your administration, but all of a sudden these killings took place.

He added that the Nigerian Governor Forum (NGF) would continue to urge the security agencies in the country to be up an doing.

“We are going to, very soon as we have agreed collectively, have a one-day interface with the security chiefs, to ensure that they understand where we are and how this thing is depleting the relationship between the citizens and as a nation the threat that we are under, as we are under a time bomb as leaders,” he said.

“They (security chiefs) should do their jobs perfectly or else, we have no option than to ask the President to relieve them, that’s the only point.”

The NGF Chairman said Zamfara alone experienced 115 attacks between March 1st and June 1st, 2018, which he said claimed the lives of 435 persons.

The Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, while speaking expressed the support of all governors for Lalong at this point in time.

“We are with you in this fight, don’t lose focus,” he said.

Lalong thanked his colleagues for their visit and declared that “no one has any reason to take somebody else’s life.”

He vowed that the perpetrators of the killings will be fished out and be made to face the consequences of their action.

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