Saturday, 8 March 2014
Governors Of Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba In Solidarity Visit To Borno
Governors Isa Yuguda (Bauchi) Hassan Dankwambo (Gombe) and Alhaji Garba Umar (Taraba) expressed their concern about happenings in the state and the northeast region in general.
The governors, who arrived in a Nigeria Air Force plane, had about an hour’s closed-door meeting with Governor Shettima before paying him the perfunctory courtesy visit at the Council Chamber of the Government House, Maiduguri.
Isa Yuguda, who took the lead in delivering his words of empathy on behalf of the people of Bauchi State, said Borno State, given its over 1,000 years of contact with Islam, did not deserve its current plight.
Yuguda said: “We are really concerned with what is happening in Borno and Yobe states, and we are here to register our sympathy and concern. It is a pity that we are experiencing what we are passing through today in Borno State.
“As leaders in the northeast zone, we are challenged to maintain law and order and provide security for life and property, because that is the covenant that we took at the time of taking our oath of office.
“Anytime a human life is taken in Borno or Yobe states, we don’t go to sleep because we have a covenant to defend the life and property of our people. We are really concerned about what is going on because we don’t know the underlying mission of the insurgency, but we are appealing to those that are aggrieved in whatever form to lay down arms in the name of Allah.”
He commended the Borno State governor’s fortitude in steering the state inspite the daunting challenges, which, he said “is just a momentary test from God which will definitely come to pass.”