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The Northern States Governors Forum has described as uncharitable and unfortunate, the comments credited to the Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, on the insurgency in the North-eastern part of the country.
Speaking at the opening of a one-day meeting of federal and state governments’ security administrator in Minna yesterday, the Chairman of the forum, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, said it was unfortunate for Maku to say that the northern state governors are not doing enough to curtail insurgency in the region.
Aliyu added that no governor would be happy have such security challenges in his state.
Aliyu also said if the views expressed by the minister was the opinion of the federal government, “it is very uncharitable, it is more than unfortunate.”
According to the governor, “If it is his (Maku) view, then it is unfortunate and that is part of the hypocrisy because no governor as far as I know can be accused of not doing enough with the circumstances that we find ourselves.”
He further stated that one of the reasons it took the federal government a long to swing into action on the abducted Chibok girls was because people like Maku played politics with serious issues.
“Why would we be able to do anything when some people believe that what is happening is a deliberate plan to stop some people and therefore the action that should have been taken to nip it in the bud was delayed till now. “Why would we not be accused of not doing when even the children that were kidnapped some people were trying to make it look as if nothing happened.
“I am not aware of any governor invited by the National Security Adviser and told of what to do and he did not do it I am not aware of that, we as northern governors set up a committee that went round all the states we sent our report and recommendations to the federal government and what did the federal government do they set up another committee which went round and plagiarised the report of the northern governors. We need to stop this blame game and start to find solution to what is happening.”
Aliyu said the Niger State Government “is very conscious of security and has mobilised the people accordingly,” adding that all hands must be on deck to check insurgency in the countr.