From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
The Chairman Northern States Governor’s Forum (NSGF) and Governor of Niger state Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has described the statement credited to Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) claiming Northern Governors rejected their recommendations on how to end Boko Haram insurgency as unfortunate.
The Chairman of the NSGF, in a statement, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Israel Ayegba Ebije insisted Northern Governors made wide consultations based on variant experiences, especially in flash-point areas, towards charting a security roadmap for the region on how to end insurgency.
“We consulted with socio-political groups towards ending Boko Haram insurgency and other security malaise in the North. We inaugurated a committee, extended the period of that committee to accommodate all the views. Ibrahim Coomassie, chairman of ACF is aware of our effort.”
“Let me therefore intimate that we forwarded our recommendation to the Federal Government, as part of our effort towards ending insurgency in the North. I was indeed shocked to read in one of the dailies that ACF claim we rejected their recommendation when in actual sense we were the ones begging for contributions”
Governor Aliyu said the security committee was given 90 days to submit its report to the NSGF; its terms of reference include liaising with stakeholders in the northern states, particularly the affected states, and get to the root of the security challenges and proffer solutions.
He also added that the committee was mandated to dialogue with any identified groups with a view to negotiating the way out of the menace and liaise with the federal government and deliberate on the best approach in resolving the security challenges.
He insisted that unprovoked allegations against the NSGF after all it has done fighting insurgency in the North is unfair, saying what is expected of anybody or group are words of encouragement, contribution, commendation not accusations.
He urged the ACF to shun utterances that might give impression they are gravitating towards politicizing the Boko Haram malaise adding that already people are linking the next presidential election to insecurity in the North, regardless of the direction it takes.
Aliyu therefore insisted that for the avoidance of doubts, the NSGF was indeed responsible for the security roadmap tailored at putting an end to insurgency in the North.