The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) says the attack on the residence of Hope Uzodimma, governor of Imo state, is a threat to the country’s existence.

 

Gunmen had attacked Uzodimma’s country home on Saturday, burning a part of the house and killing two security guards on duty.

 

In a statement signed by Kayode Fayemi, chairman of the forum, the NGF condemned the attack and said it deeply sympathises with Uzodimma and all those affected by the attack.

 

“The Nigeria Governors’ Forum deeply sympathises with Governor Hope Uzodinma and commiserates with all those that have been injured, maimed or killed,” the statement reads.

 

“The Forum calls on all good citizens to cooperate with the nation’s security forces and the government in trying to build a civil, safe and secure environment for our citizens.”

 

Fayemi described the attack by the assailants as taking criminality to “reckless and irresponsible heights”.

 

“For those behind these crimes, they must understand that they do not have the monopoly of violence. This is taking criminality to reckless and irresponsible heights,” he said.

“All hands must be on deck to fish out the perpetrators of this dastardly act as in our view, they constitute a small league of persons trying to harm the corporate existence of our beloved country, Nigeria.

 

“The mantra for every Nigerian at such a challenging time in our history must be how to forge peace and unity across the nation’s divides and to shun violence and wanton destruction. Only then can we have a country to call our own.”