Northern Governors Meet In Kaduna To Tackle Security Issues

Northern Governors Meet In Kaduna To Tackle Security Issues19 northern state governors are meeting on Monday morning in Kaduna state, for the first meeting of the group in 2017.

The Governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, who also doubles as the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, is expected to preside over the meeting.

The meeting which would be holding at the Government House in Kaduna, would involve northern elders and traditional rulers who would be giving a briefing on the security situation across the northern states.

Elder statesman, Maitama Sule, would be in attendance and will be delivering a keynote address on the need for diversification on the economy of the northern state against the backdrop of the economic recession.

The northern states have faced tremendous security challenges since July 2009.

This meeting is expected to address the issues raised and further unite the northern region.

In the most recent attack, Unknown gunmen attacked Zankan village in Kaura Local Government Area of the state, killing one person and injuring five others.

Governor Shettima Commends Military’s Effort Against Insurgency

ShettimaBorno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has commended the effort of the military in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents in northeast Nigeria.

The Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum made the disclosure on Thursday in an interview with Channels Television on the side-line of the 50th anniversary of the death of the late Premier of the Northern Region, Sir Ahmadu Bello, in Kaduna State.

Governor Shettima expressed satisfaction that the Boko haram terrorists have been largely degraded by the military, stating that the level of bombings in the northeast has drastically reduced due to the ongoing military onslaught against the group.

According to him, all the strongholds of the terrorist group have been liberated by the military while mop up operations are still ongoing in the affected areas.

The Governor also disclosed that the present crop of northern governors are working hard to address the problem of unemployment, poverty and insecurity that have ravaged the region over the years.

Army/Sect Clash: Northern Governors Meet to Checkmate Escalation of Violence

Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima.

The governors of the 19 northern states on Saturday held an emergency meeting in Kaduna to deliberate over the recent bloody clash between soldiers and members of the Isamic Movement of Nigeria, that left scores killed.

Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, in his remarks, said the meeting was conveyed to identify the remote and immediate causes of the incident, and thereafter, ensure that the crisis does not spread to other states in the region.

While expressing worry that the incident involves an Islamic group that has a large membership across the 19 in the region and beyond, Governor Shettima noted that the matter, if not properly handled, could trigger another form of restiveness just like the Boko Haram terrorist sect in the north.

He said the governors will take all necessary measures at their disposal to ensure that the incident does not provide room for anyone or group to perpetuate violence in any of the 19 northern States, stating that they will not want the same mistake that happened over the Boko Haram crisis to repeat itself.

Although Governor Shettima absolved the Islamic Movement of being a terrorist group, he maintained that the governors will ensure that adequate measures would be put in place to ensure that criminal elements do not cash on the Zaria incident to create violence in the immediate or long run.

The governors also commended Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State for the bold steps he has taken so far to ensure that normalcy returns in Zaria and other parts of the state.

Religious Processions Banned

At the end of the meeting that lasted for over three hours, the forum called on religious organisations and all citizens to respect the law and constituted authority by conducting their activities within the confines of the law.

The governors while condemning  the arbitrary blockage of highways through unathourized processions by some religious organisations and social groups, resolved that henceforth, processions in the region  must  be allowed only with police permit and protection as prescribed by law.

They also reassured citizens of their readiness to ensure law and order, respect their constitutional rights to practice their religion without infringing the rights of others.

NGF Crisis: Northern Governors Forum Endorses Amaechi As Elected Chairman

A meeting of the governors from the northern part of the country on Thursday after a meeting of the Northern Governors Forum, declared that the Rivers state Governor, Chibuike Amaechi is the elected chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum.

Speaking at the end of a meeting of the Northern Governors in Kaduna, the Governor of Nassarawa state, Mr Tanko Mr Al-Makura on behalf of the governors explained that members of the forum (Northern Governors Forum) stand by the result of the election which produced Mr Amaechi as chairman of NGF.

Mr Al-Makura, however revealed that the crisis rocking the NGF will be resolved internally.

The chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Mr Babangida Aliyu of Niger state added that the forum is making ‘informal efforts’ to reconcile aggrieved members of the Northern Governors Forum.

Governor Aliyu observed that the nation is going through a challenge and politicians must show their sense of patriotism and political maturity.

Five state governors from the region were present at Thursday’s meeting while seven other governors were represented at this meeting.

Those in attendance included Niger  State Governor Dr. Babangia Aliyu, Jigawa  State Governor, Sule Lamido, Governor Dankwambo of Gombe State and Nasarawa State  Governor, Al-makura.

States that were represented by the deputy governors are Kano, Kwara, Kogi, Borno, Kebbi, Zamfara, Sokoto while other states like Benue and Plateau sent their  Secretaries to State Governments.

Adamawa, Katsina, Yobe and Bauchi shunned the meeting, neither did they sent  representatives nor apologies.

Dr Aliyu had in his opening remarks explained that  governors of  Adamawa and Taraba states sent their apologies for their inability to attend the meeting.

The forum also explained that efforts are being made to reach out to Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi state, who was said to have withdrawn from the forum.

The NGF was divided into two factions following the outcome of the recent election of the chairman of the forum.

This is the first meeting of the northern governors’ forum since the controversial election.

The northern governors also resolved to raise a committee on the recent killing of security operatives in Alakio community in Nasarawa state.

They also resolved to commence implementation of the recommendations of the committee on reconciliation, healing and security.