Governors of Northeast states on Tuesday had a closed-door meeting in Damaturu, Yobe State, about the incessant attacks in Northern Nigeria.
The six Northern Governors were led by the Chairman, Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno state and hosted by Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe was in attendance, while Governors of Adamawa, Bauchi, and Taraba are being represented by their deputies.
A statement issued by Borno State Governor’s media aide, Isa Gusau, on Tuesday said at the ceremonial opening of the meeting, held at the Banquet Hall of the Government House, Governor Zulum gave an overview of the forum’s activities and reaffirmed the forum’s commitment to ensuring peace and stability of the geo-political zone.
‘’The Chairman noted that recent developments in the fight against terrorism have indicated the beginning of the end to the insurgency in the northeast region, ‘’the statement said.
‘’He however called on the military to intensify operations to free the zone of terror.’’
“I want to call on the Nigerian military to reach into the enclaves of the insurgents (who are not ready to lay down their arms), we must pursue them. For us to get rid of this crisis, we have to ensure that the remnants of the insurgents are pursued to their enclaves and neutralized.’’
‘’Zulum said unless Boko Haram is brought to an end, there will be impediments to the overall growth and development of all the six States.’’
According to the statement, Governor Mai Mala Buni affirmed his commitment to the objectives of the forum.
‘’After the ceremonial opening, the Governors left the Banquet Hall for a closed-door meeting, during which they will listen to some reports and discuss issues of security, power, interventions by the Northeast Development Commission, among others. ‘’
A communique with some resolutions is expected later tonight at the end of the meeting.
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