Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno is defending President Muhammad Buhari after criticism trailed his request that the World Bank should focus on northern Nigeria.

Shettima said Buhari’s appeal was to address economic rebuilding and humanitarian crisis in the North-East.

A statement signed by Isa Gusau, the governor’s Special Adviser, Communication and Media Strategy on Friday in Maiduguri, said the presidential appeal was aimed at addressing the destruction masterminded by insurgents in the region.

“The request was made by the President in the open and everyone thought it was the right thing. States in the northeast like Borno have been working with the World Bank, putting all the collaborative machinery in place.

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“We have series of follow ups and the media has been covering all the steps including my visit to the World Bank in Abuja few months ago.

“The whole thing is in the open and we believe the objectives of the President will be actualised so as to go forward,” the statement quoted Shettima as saying.

Shettima said that he and four other governors attended the meeting at Washington DC in July 2015, when the president called on the bank to help rebuild affected communities.

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