Boko Haram, bandits are still terrorizing us in the Northeast — Governor of Gombe
The insecurity in northeast Nigeria has continued unabated despite the federal government’s promise to end this horrific incident.
This revelation was made by the Governor of Gombe State, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, during the opening of the 7th ordinary meeting of the forum which was held on Friday at the banquet hall of the Government House in Gombe.
Governor Yahaya lamented that the same challenges that necessitated the formation of the North East Governors Forum (NEGF) still persist today, adding that other contemporary issues of common concern also made the meeting particularly important.
According to him, these challenges include the persistent Boko Haram insurgency and resulting humanitarian crisis and the ever-evolving security threats posed by criminal activities such as banditry and kidnapping.
Challenges also include climate change-related disasters, particularly the recent floods, their debilitating effects on people’s livelihoods and the staggering infrastructure deficit as well as the deplorable state of human capital development in the sub-region.
Governor Yahaya therefore said that the meeting comes at a time when the sub-region and the country as a whole continue to face multiple challenges that require urgent solutions.
However, he said that “despite everything, the formation of the NEGF was a huge success. For the first time in our history, we were able to forge a common front for our people, regardless of ethnic, religious or political considerations.
He added: “To borrow from Nigeria’s first national anthem: ‘though tribe and language may differ, we are brotherly.’ Our strength lies in the determination of each of us to set aside overriding differences in pursuit of a common vision to improve the lives and well-being of our people.
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The governor underlined that “over the past two years, we have developed the understanding, conviction, firmness and cooperation necessary to solve the common problems that undermine the growth and development of our sub-region”.
According to him, “we were able to collectively engage, mobilize and sensitize stakeholders at the highest level both nationally and internationally”.
He then expressed the collective appreciation of the NEGF to President Muhammadu Buhari for his tireless commitment and strong leadership to the security and stability of the North East sub-region and Nigeria as a whole.
“Our gratitude also goes to the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, the North East Development Commission, as well as various local and international development partners for their continued support and partnership. “, added the governor.
The Governor also thanked the people of the six Northeastern states who have shown great enthusiasm and interest in NEGF activities and for their continued support and goodwill.
He also thanked his colleagues saying, “Your presence at today’s meeting truly symbolizes the growing strength of cooperation, collaboration and cordial relations among the governors of the six states in the sub-region.