Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has been elected the chairman of the Northern Governors’ forum, the Governor now takes over from outgoing governor of Niger State Babangida Aliyu in a ceremony that took place today in Abuja.
Meanwhile, the Kano State Governor-elect, Abdullahi Ganduje, was also elected as the vice chairman of the forum.
Speaking to Journalists after the meeting, the outgoing Northern Governor’ Forum, Chairman Babangida Aliyu said that the Northern Governors’ forum will also intervene lingering crisis within the Nigerian Governors’ Forum; “The goal is to mediate and unite the Nigeria Governors Forum that has been fragmented in the past few years.”
According to him he said that the northern governors resolved, among other things, to address the Boko Haram insurgency in the North, tackle the problems of poverty, marginalisation and unemployment.
Meanwhile in his acceptance speech, Shettima assured his colleagues that under his leadership, governors would unite in the war against Boko Haram menace.
Shettima also promised to work together with his colleagues, irrespective of religious, ethnic or political affiliation, to confront the challenges confronting the North