Northern Governors To Collaborate With FG To Defeat Boko Haram

Babangida_AliyuGovernors of the 19 Northern States in the country on Monday agreed to cooperate with the Federal Government in the fight to eliminate the Boko Haram terrorist group, which they said have become a threat to national security.

Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State and Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, who made the declaration during the commissioning of the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation Office Building in Kaduna on Monday, said with increased attacks by the terrorist group in the north east, the governors of the region will encourage President Goodluck Jonathan to declare total war on the insurgents.

He explained that members of Boko Haram are no longer terrorists but rebels and enemies of the nation who must be crushed at all costs before they destabilise the peaceful co-existence of the country.

Governor Aliyu, while explaining that the governors of the region have limited powers to crush the Boko Haram terrorists since they are not in control of security apparatus, however called for the creation of state police to enable the governors take responsibility of security challenges in their respective states.

On his part, Governor Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna state called on the Northern state governments to initiate a harmonised development plan that will ensure rapid economic growth and infrastructural development in the region, which he noted will in turn reduce restiveness in the north.

Governor Yero, who noted that the problem of the North is as a result of leadership failure orchestrated by mutual suspicion and self aggrandisement, said the time had come for the region to reflect on the vision and legacies of the late Sir Ahmadu Bello by introducing policies and programmes that will directly touch on the citizenry.

President Goodluck Jonathan, who was represented at the event by the Minister of Special Duties, Tanimu Turaki, said the Federal Government remains resolute to end terrorism in the country and reiterated government’s willingness to dialogue with any of the insurgents willing to lay down their arms.

President Jonathan also called for collective effort of all Nigerians in the war against terrorism and however eulogized the legacies of the late Ahmadu Bello whom he said fast tracked development in the northern region.

‘Pray For Nigeria’ Governor Aliyu Urges Pilgrims

Governor Aliyu of Niger state has urged the state pilgrims to pray for the peace and progress of the country.

Speaking while addressing the 547 intending pilgrims for the state’s inaugural flight of pilgrims to Medina, Saudi Arabia, from the Minna International Airport for this year’s hajj he said to the pilgrims ‘Nigeria needs prayers for God to intervene and bring lasting peace’.

He stated further that without peace and stability, it will be almost impossible for government to achieve the needed economic and social development of the country.

Governor Aliyu attributed the peace of the country to prayers, noting that the country needs more prayers at this time, where it is facing security challenges.

Aliyu said the state government has provided a befitting accommodation for them close to the Holy Mosque in Makkah to ease the performance of their religious duties.

He said the government had secured direct flight for the pilgrims from Minna International to Medina Airport instead of Jeddah International Airport to reduce the long distance journey by road to Medina from Jeddah.

The Chairman of Niger State Pilgrims Welfare Commission, Justice Jibrin Ndajiwo, had earlier explained that the pilgrims consisted of people from Mashegu, Mariga, Katcha and Rijau as well as officials and the medical team.

He also admonished them to use the opportunity of the visit to the holy land for spiritual re-birth, which will turn their lives around for good.

Aliyu Says PDP Crisis Will Affect Nation If Not Resolved

Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State has warned that the crisis rocking the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has assumed a dangerous dimension that should be resolved, urgently.

Speaking at a meeting with the members of the state chapter of the party, Governor Aliyu argued that the challenges confronting the ruling party would not only affect it, but the nation as well.

He recalled some of the political developments and the crisis that engulfed the party’s special National Convention which resulted in seven governors including himself, walking out of the venue to form a faction of the party.

“Politics, like I always say is about negotiation, is about sincerity, is about truth

Unfortunately for us, politics in this part of the world is seen like people who (pause) is like lies and insincerity

“No, people must be able to back up whatever they have said, either in public or in secret, in private, they must be able to come out and say to the people, this is it

“Whatever it is we are doing, we are doing on behalf our people, and we must take their pulse to appreciate what is happening at a given time. So for me I see solution in sight because when people gather to look at the problems on the ground and to say this is the way to solve it, I believe in ‘give and take’ position, which should be the one to be taken”.

He faulted the situation where persons at the helms of affairs intimidate and force their personal opinions on the people without giving room for dialogue and negotiation.