By: Isiaka Wakili
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday met behind closed doors with governors of the north-eastern states of Yobe, Adamawa and Borno.
The meeting, which held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, was convened to find a lasting solution to the Boko Haram insurgency in parts of Nigeria.
The meeting resolved that the forthcoming elections would be conducted in the zone in spite of the activities of the insurgents.
Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, while addressing State House correspondents, said he and his colleagues were at the Villa to brief Jonathan on the security situation of their states. He said they also appealed to the federal government to deploy more troops to arrest the situation in their states.
Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima, who also expressed hope that elections would hold in the zone, said they had fruitful deliberations on how to find lasting solutions to the insurgency.
He however added: “It is amazing when people dwell so much on the elections. Elections are for the living, but elections are being conducted in war torn Afghanistan. Elections were conducted recently in Iraq, Syria and so many other places. So, it is not an issue in contention. The most important issue is how to safeguard the lives and properties of our people and to recover our lost territories and Chibok girls.”
The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Badeh assured the public that security would improve this year as “we are working.”
Also present at the meeting were Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo, National Security Adviser, retired Col. Sambo Dasuki, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, Kaduna State Governor Ramalan Yero, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mohammed Adoke and Minister of Defence Mohammed Gusau.
Others were Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Bade, Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah, Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin, Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, Director General State Security Service Ekpenyong Ita, Inspector General of Police Suleiman Abba and Director-General of National Intelligence Agency Ayo Oke.
SOURCE: DAILY TRUST