The Northern Governor’s Forum (NGF) on Monday said the incessant attacks by the Boko Haram sect has gone beyond the traditional pattern of their attacks.
The Chairman of the forum, Gov. Babangida Aliyu of Niger, expressed the concern, when he spoke to newsmen on the agenda of the one-day general meeting held in Kaduna.
“The situation has gone beyond the normal pattern that we gave to Boko Haram and I think we need to really appreciate the gravity of the situation”, he stressed.
Aliyu decried the spate of attacks in the northern region, particularly in Borno and other North eastern states, stressing the need for the Federal Government to take measures to curtail it.
“But it appears that we are becoming a little callous that we don’t seem to care much about what is happening. We must continue to encourage the federal government to really do what it is supposed to do.
He stressed the need for the region to create a position and engender the political will that would address issues affecting the region.
“And we must take a position so that we create, if it is lack of political will on our part, we must create that political will so that from our own political will, it transcends to the federal government and to the people of Nigeria”.
According to him, the forum would also discuss ways to coordinate and regulate the operation of cattle dealers, cattle traders and abattoir operation as well as agriculture and the activities of nomadic herdsmen.
The forum would also discuss the NNDC’s five year development plans, its investment in oil and gas, and the transformation of the Almajiri system of education, he added.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Governors at the meeting included those of Kaduna, Kano, Kebbi, Niger, Kwara, Benue and Zamfara, while deputy governors of Jigawa, Kogi, Gombe and Katsina represented their bosses. (NAN)