The expanded security meeting convened by President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday, condemned Governor Murtala Nyako’s memorandum which accused the federal government of carrying out genocide against the people of the north.
The meeting had majority of the 36 state governors in attendance, as well as all the heads of security agencies, service chiefs and religious leaders in attendance.
Briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, governor Theodore Orji of Abia State said that the memorandum was discussed and all the participants unanimously condemned it.
“The memo that was written by one of our colleagues, that is the Governor of Adamawa, was discussed and there was a very unanimous condemnation of that memo and all officers, all people in the position of authorities were advised to be cautious of what they say,” he said.
He said the meeting also recognised the fact that security issue should be seen and treated as a corporate issue which should not be left for the federal government alone to handle.
Orji said that the meeting agreed that all the three tiers of government should be involved in ensuring security of lives and property of all citizens.
The Abia State governor said the meeting also agreed that the Boko Haram insurgency was not religious in any form as both Muslims and Christians were being killed and enjoined the media to partner with government and all security agencies in the fight against terrorism in the country.
Also briefing State House correspondents, the governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, said that the meeting agreed that the federal government should continue to sustain its cooperation with the neighbouring countries in the fight against insurgency.
He said the meeting also agreed on the involvement of all security agencies, including the military, in the ongoing fight against all forms of violent crimes, especially insurgency in the country.
The meeting, which lasted for over eight hours, was presided over by President Jonathan with Vice President Namadi Sambo in attendance.
Governors present at the meeting were those of Anambra, Abia, Benue, Zamfara, Ebonyi, Delta, Kwara, Kogi, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Sokoto, Adamawa, Borno, Taraba (Acting), Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Cross River and Ondo.
The Governors of Plateau, Jigawa, Oyo, Imo, Rivers, Kano, Ekiti, Ogun, Kebbi and Yobe were represented by their deputies.
Also in attendance were ministers of Police Affairs, Defence, Interior, Federal Capital Territory, Foreign Affairs and the Attorney General of the Federation.
The service chiefs, Inspector General of Police, National Security Adviser, Corps Marshal of the the Federal Road Safety Commission and Comptroller-General of Immigration also attended.
Also at the meeting were the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar and the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor.