Twelve Northern Governors, who are currently in the United States of America, USA, are already gripped with fear, over the possible backlash that awaits them, upon their arrival to Nigeria.
The Governors, who were said to have been hosted at the White House in Washington DC, on Wednesday, October 19, said that their visit was an opportunity to re-engage with their American partners, on the most vital issues that could help them to quickly transit from volatility, to a phase of peace and development, in the Northern States of the country.
The Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum, who is also the Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, was quoted to have stated this in a statement.
The Governor said: “By the time we wake up tomorrow, print, online, and broadcast media houses in Nigeria, would have screaming headlines, that ‘12 Northern Governors Storm Washington’ in the midst of economic recession, when our national currency, the Naira, has sharply depreciated against the US Dollar.
“Majority of our citizens will quickly conclude that we are here on a jamboree. Well, leadership isn’t only about popular decisions; leadership is about doing what is right at a time that is right.
“Our visit to Washington, is an opportunity to re-engage with our American partners, on the most vital issues that can help us to quickly make transition, from volatility, to a phase of peace and development in the Northern States of Nigeria.
“Over the past few years, we have realised that the indices of development in our region, have not only been some of the most damning in our country, they have also been the background against which the problems in our region have manifested.”
During the reception, the Governors were said to have used the occasion to hold a closed-door meeting with President Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor, Ambassador Susan Rice.
The Governors, also held a closed-door meeting with U.S Secretary of State, John Kerry, at the State Department in Washington.
The Governors, further held a meeting with Gayle Smith, the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.
The meeting was said to have been held at the Ronald Reagan building, the headquarters of the Humanitarian and Development Agency in Washington.