Wednesday, August 24, 2016

5 Things Northern Governors Discussed With John Kerry Yesterday

United States Secretary of State, John Kerry met with 5 northern state governors at the Statehouse, yesterday, shortly after his closed-door session with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Here are five important issues discussed at the meeting:

- Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima told John Kerry that his state and the federal government were open to dialogue with the Boko Haram insurgents.

He, however, said dialogue had to be held with credible leaders of the sect.
The governor was responding to a question on the warning by Kerry earlier yesterday in Sokoto on government’s handling of the Boko Haram.

Shettima said the country was now in a position of strength to negotiate with the sect, adding that a holistic approach was being adopted to tackle the insurgency.

- He said though the humanitarian crisis in the North-east was dear to the US, Nigeria had to recognise that nobody could solve her problems.
“We’ve to take charge of our destiny and do what is right to take care of the needs of our people,” he said.

- Shettima told Kerry that Borno wanted all its internally displaced persons to return home by May 29, next year.

- He disclosed that there were challenges of early marriages, child prostitution, drug abuse and gangsterism in most of the IDP camps.

- Kerry specifically expressed the commitment of the US government on girl-child education, healthcare and renewable energy.

Governors at the meeting include: Borno, Sokoto, Zamfara, Bauchi and Kwara States

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