Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, yesterday, blamed the governors in the North and the Federal Government for the Boko Haram insurgency in the northern part of the country.
Speaking at the North-East Alliance For Transformation Summit in Yankari, Bauchi State, Governor Shettima said the failure of the northern governors to provide good governance to the teeming populace who gave them their mandates, has worsened the insecurity situation.
He equally accused the Federal Government of neglecting the zone by abandoning ongoing projects worth billions of Naira in the zone. Shettima said poverty confronting the North East zone was responsible for the emergence of the terrorist groups who held the zone and the country hostage
He said: “The Federal Government and the governors of the North are to blame for the insurgence of Boko Haram in the North-East of the country because the region has been marginalised.
The federal allocation to the North-East is very small compared to other regions in the country and this has given rise to high rate of unemployment, insecurity, educational backwardness and political thuggery in the region.
Hold FG responsible
“The Federal Government is to be held responsible for the current insecurity, and crisis in the country because they have not displayed sincerity in resolving the lingering issue at hand.
“The northern governors on their part have not been forthcoming in articulating issues that concern them and presenting them at the Governors’ Forum meeting. There is lack of unity among northern leaders; they don’t speak with one voice and they just do whatever they like”.
He said security was everybody’s business and should not be left to the state alone urging the Federal Government and other well-meaning Nigerians to urgently partner with the state in its quest to stem the activities of Boko Haram.
Also speaking, Governor Isa Yuguda ofBauchiStatesaid the zone was backward in all ramifications, owing to the insecurity bedeviling the zone, expressing optimism that the summit would be geared towards addressing the security challenges and other problems of the zone.
According to him: “The zone is blessed with both human and natural resources that have not been explored”. He called on foreign and local investors to come and invest in order to develop the region as well as to meaningfully engage the youths and women.
Yuguda then charged all the governors and other prominent Nigerians to unite in search of lasting and permanent peace in the region, stressing that recommendations of the summit will be implemented.