The forum said it believes the imposition of emergency rule will complement the offer of amnesty made to the members of Boko Haram sect to restore peace to the affected states.
Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu who doubles as chairman of the Forum and Governor of Niger State, in a statement on Friday signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo, urged all security agencies deployed to the affected states to operate by their rules of engagement.
He advised the military to respect the sanctity of human lives, especially civilians who are not involved in the crisis.
The statement further enjoined people in the affected states to also cooperate with military personnel posted to their areas to avoid unnecessary loss of lives.
The Forum hailed President Jonathan for taking the action and also appealed to Boko Haram to accept government’s gesture of amnesty so that lasting peace will return to the region and Nigeria in general.
The forum also commiserated with the families of those who lost their lives in an attack by gunmen in Daura, Katsina State on Thursday and advised citizens to remain vigilant and report any suspicious movement or persons to the police or other security agencies.