The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi, said that state governors are frustrated that "these issues" of insecurity are happening.
Fayemi said this on Tuesday during his visit, in the company of three other governors, to the Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari, to sympathise over the abduction and release of the Kankara schoolboys.
He said that state governors needed to not only get on top of the issue of banditry in the country but they also need to get to the root cause of the problem.
Fayemi said, “For us, the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), we believe that we not only have to be on top of banditry, kidnapping and criminality generally, but we also have to be on top of the causes of these problems.
“Social inequality and poverty are key issues and we need to ensure that our governments, our states pry away our young people from the merchants of death who are using them as cannon fodder for this criminal brigandage.
“We can only do that through providing them with alternative means of livelihood and support system that will not entice them to these elements that are endangering the whole of our country… We are all tired, we are all frustrated that these issues are happening.
“And this is something that we are committed to as governors, in working with Mr. President, so that we don’t keep on talking about something over and over again,” he said.
“But we know that with concerted efforts on our part as governors and the commitment of the Federal Government, the professional conduct of our security services and our social investment programme intensified, we shall see the end of these criminality, brigandage in our states."