Governors from the 19 states of the northern part of Nigeria have stated that they will put their resources together to end Boko Haram scourge and the wide spread poverty witnessed in the part of the country.
The governors also agreed to deepen the existing relationship between people from the region which will help to foster greater peace and unity.
This pledge was made by the chairman of Nigerians Governors’ Forum and Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, on Sunday, November 29, in Wannune Benue state when he and two other governors from the forum pay a condolence visit on Senator George Akume who recently lost his elder brother and paramount ruler of Tarka, Gabriel Indyer Akume.
“The leaders of the North would not relent until peace is fully restored in the troubled spots of the north just like our joint resolve to overcome poverty in the north will continue to enjoy top priority,” Shettima said.
The Borno chief executive called for patience and understanding among the people saying everything was being put in place by the governments of the northern region to ensure sustainable growth and economic development.
Shettima noted that their visit to console with the people of Benue state and Akume family in particular showed further demonstration of oneness and unity of purpose of the people of the region.
Responding to the visit, Senator Akume explained that the presence of the governors brought comfort and added assurance to him in his day of grief and need.
Governors Mohammed Abubakar of Jigawa and Samuel Ortom of Benue state, several federal lawmakers from the north accompanied Shettima for the visit.
Meanwhile,information obtained from Niger governmen had that about 18 people, including a local religious leader, had been killed by gunmen belonging to the dreaded Boko Haram sect.