The Federal Government and Governors of the 19 northern states were yesterday, blamed for the Boko Haram insurgency in the northern part of the country by Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima.
Governor Shettima who pinned the deteriorating security situation in the region on the northern governors failure to provide good governance to the teeming populace who gave them their mandates, made the disclosure while speaking at the North-East Alliance For Transformation Summit in Yankari, Bauchi State.
The Federal Government also was not spared as it was accused of neglecting the zone by abandoning ongoing projects worth billions of Naira in the zone. Shettima said poverty confronting the North East zone was responsible for the emergence of the terrorist groups who have placed the zone and the country under siege.
He said: “The Federal Government and the governors of the North are to blame for the insurgence of Boko Haram in the North-East of the country because the region has been marginalised.
“The federal allocation to the North-East is very small compared to other regions in the country and this has given rise to high rate of unemployment, insecurity, educational backwardness and political thuggery in the region.”
Hold FG responsible
“The Federal Government is to be held responsible for the current insecurity, and crisis in the country because they have not displayed sincerity in resolving the lingering issue at hand.
“The northern governors on their part have not been forthcoming in articulating issues that concern them and presenting them at the Governors’ Forum meeting. There is lack of unity among northern leaders; they don’t speak with one voice and they just do whatever they like.”
Shettima while calling on the Federal Government and other well-meaning Nigerians to urgently partner with the state in its quest to stem the activities of Boko Haram, argued that security was everybody’s business and should not be left to the state alone.