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Shettima praises community leaders in terrorism fight

12 August 2013, 11:05Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, hailed the role played by community leaders in maintaining peace amid the threat posed by Boko Haram insurgents.

The premier is thus confident peace has been restored in the region.

He gave the assurance following a visit by Borno Elders and Leaders of Thought (BELT) Forum.

BELT chairman, Ambassador Usman Gaji Galtimari, led the delegation to the event in Abuja.

Shettima paid tribute to the officials for playing a role in the maintenance of peace in their regions.

"Members of the forum are genuine leaders of the state. Despite the security challenges that the state had to go through, they stood by their people and offered useful advice which brought about peace," he said.

"The the elders in BELT have lived up to their titles by not acting like some 'so called elders' who relocated to Abuja and other parts of the country and continue to stoke fires that further threaten peace in the state."

Shettima emphasised education and jobs provision remained a priority in tackling poverty and insecurity.

"Our administration will not lose sight on providing education, good health and viable agriculture so that job opportunities can be provided for the teeming youth of the state. The the primary causes of the security in the state are caused by joblessness, poverty, hunger and illiteracy among other problems."

Borno is one of the regions that were worst affected by a recent surge in terrorism activities in the West African country.

- CAJ News


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