By Musdapha Ilo
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has called on the federal government to stand by the state as it grapples to reclaim peace from the hands of terrorists operating in the Northeast region.
Shettima who was represented by the commissioner for education, Inuwa Kubo, at a Northeast Peace Summit organized by the Youth Federation for World Peace in Maiduguri, lamented that the federal government has not done enough to assist the state tackle the problem of insecurity, as well as provide cushioning measures for victims of the continuous attacks that have spanned four years.
The governor disclosed that his administration has spent huge amount of its scarce resource on security and assistance to victims of Boko Haram insurgency and there is still much left to be done.
He stressed that there was need for the Federal Government to assist and partner with the state government in sustaining emerging peace especially in Maiduguri, the state capital.
The Project Manager of the British Council, Kano office, Ryan Grist charged the media to help the region build and sustain peace.
“There are obviously something positive about Borno,” he declared urging the media to highlight such positive things to allow peace return fully.
It would be recalled that last week the Borno State House of Assembly passed a vote of no confidence on the President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration over the ongoing Boko Haram crisis in the state, insisting that the situation has deteriorated.
Leader of the Assembly, Idrissa Jidda, while expressing displeasure over the handling of the security situation by the federal government, hailed the state governor for his approach to the impending security challenges.
Jidda said the governor has done creditably well in giving hope to the people of the state and could have performed better if he had received the necessary support from the federal government.