#DapchiGirls: 'Stop Playing Politics & Religion With This Matter' - Borno Governor
Borno State is still Boko Haram's stronghold and has seen more attacks by the insurgents in the past eight years of their operations.
Security issues in Nigeria's North-East region and other northern parts of Nigeria topped talks at the meeting of Northern Governors Forum that opened on Thursday morning in Kaduna.
Addressing the governors, the Chairman of the Forum, Kashim Shettima of Borno State stressed the need for the elected representatives of the people,to dispassionately address the crisis bedevilling the region.
The gathering is coming 10 days after Boko Haram members abducted some 110 girls from a government secondary school in Dapchi, Yobe State in the northeast.
While the northeast have faced these attacks for more than eight years now, other states in the north have also seen attacks by herders on farmers in some communities.
Also in the agenda of the meeting was the issue of restructuring.
Governor Shettima told other Governors that if the crisis was politicised or given religious or tribal colorations, it would be of great disservice to the people.
“As elected leaders, it is our primary responsibility to take a hard and critical look at these conflicts and come up with implementable ways and means of addressing them squarely.
"It is also critically important, as a long-term measure, devise viable strategies to forestall all forms of security challenges that may likely erupt in the future.
"However, I need to emphasise that whatever resolutions we may arrive at, should be without prejudice to the various commendable and comprehensive measures being put in place by the Federal Government in addressing the security challenges; especially the recent abduction of the Dapchi School Girls.
"We appreciate and commend the efforts being made by President Muhammadu Buhari in the Dapchi crisis by ensuring the deployment of all necessary security personnel and equipment towards the rescue of the abducted girls," he stated.
In finding solutions to the crisis, Governor Shettima further told the Governors Forum that “there is need to pay particular attention to the root causes of such conflicts and their seemingly intractable nature with an open mind and from an unbiased perspective, in order to arrive at comprehensive means of addressing them."