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Shettima questions government handling of insurgency

26 September 2013, 08:30

Abuja – Borno State governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, has appealed to the federal government to scale up efforts to bring peace in the states worst affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Shettima insisted government had a duty to shield traumatized residents from the terror that has characterized the north eastern parts of the country in the last four years.

Speaking at a Northeast Peace Summit organized by the Youth Federation for World Peace in Maiduguri, the governor said the initial posture of the federal government to the insecurity in Borno was “discouraging” and “soul wrecking.”

He raised concern the government had initially treated the crisis as “a Borno affair” but later handled it as a national threat and gave some level of support.

The governor disclosed that his administration has spent "huge amounts of its scarce resources” on security and assistance to victims of Boko Haram insurgency.

He said there was need for the federal government to assist and partner with the state government in sustaining emerging peace especially in Maiduguri, the state capital.

He also commended the organizers of the peace summit as well as those who collaborated with them to ensure successful hosting of the summit.

Among the organizations that partnered with organizers include the British Council. He hailed their presence despite “scaring” media reports on Borno in the media.

– CAJ News


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