The Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), has urged the Federal Government to strengthen the capacity of security services to ensure effective intelligence gathering in the country.
This is contained in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja and signed by the Chairman of the forum, Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo.
It said the forum stressed the need for the government to provide all the equipment and resources the security operatives in the frontline needed to become an effective fighting force.
This, according to the statement, will enable the security agencies to carry out counter terrorism operations more effectively.
The statement reminded the federal government to recognise the fact that terrorism had never been defeated anywhere by “sheer force alone”.
It stressed that all avenues must be explored to ensure the safety of lives and property.
“PGF hereby expresses its deep condolences with the families of those killed and injured by yet another dastardly and mindless bomb attack on innocent Nigerians.
“It is apparent that these attacks were intended to cause as much carnage as possible and also increase mutual suspicion among people of different faiths and ethnicity.”
The progressives’ governors, however, advised Nigerians to stand firm and not relent to the antics of terrorists who sought to return the country to “the dark ages.”
The forum reiterated its commitment to work with all stakeholders to eliminate terrorism and address its root causes such as illiteracy, social disenchantment, injustice and inequality in the society.