The Nigeria Governors Forum has donated fifty million naira to the victims of Kaduna-Abuja train attack.
Chairman of the forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, announced the donation while leading a two man delegation of the Forum to Kaduna State to commiserate with the Government and people of the state on the recent Abuja – Kaduna train attacked which claimed many lives while several others were kidnapped.
Dr Fayemi expressed deep sympathy to Kaduna State and its people and described the attack as mind-boggling. “because of the huge number of casualties.
He said”the criminals were audacious enough to also take away some hostages which is a concern to the state of insecurity in the country.”
The Ekiti State Governor said the attack was the handwork of some enemies of the state to distract Governor El-rufa’i from transforming the state.
He maintained that Governors will continue to talk to the President on the challenges of insecurity to ensure peace in the country. “The Northwest of the country had been a region of calm before now but whatever it is, Governors will continue to put heads together along with the President to bring sanity back to the country. The NGF Chairman said.
Dr Fayemi also agreed with the submission of Governor Elrufa’i that proactive action should be taken by various stakeholders to ensure that banditry is rooted out of the country.
He advised Governor Elrufai to remain focused in promoting the affairs of the state.
“I agree that we as Governors must join hands with the President to deal ruthlessly with the bandits, that they are to be crushed, as you have always advocated. we are here to commiserate with you, your Government and the people of Kaduna State, to show solidarity with them and align with the Governor who as a public servant should continue to be focused.”..Fayemi said.
Responding Governor El-Rufai who was still emotional on the attack commended the leadership of the Forum and disclosed that 61 victims of the attacked were still recuperating including a top government official and his 8-months pregnant wife.
He explained that the bandits were currently hiding somewhere in Niger State.
Governor El Rufai regretted that the attack was avoidable because the state government had tipped the Nigeria Railways Corporation before the incident.