Northern governors Saturday said that their expectation from the Federal Government and the international community was that the insurgency spearheaded by the Boko Haram Islamist group should end within three months.
Gov. Babangida Aliyu, Chairman of the forum, disclosed this in an address at a joint Northern States Governors/United States investors’ summit held in Abuja.
“Contrary to insinuations that leaders in the region failed to openly condemn the rascality of the terrorists, we have instead worked subtly to see to the end of the insurgents.
“The coming of the United States’ army to rescue the abducted Chibok school girls was as a result of the meeting the northern governors held with the American Government.
“The 19 governors that make up this forum would continue to condemn the invasion of the north and we are happy with the Federal Government.
“The group is equally happy with United States, Britain, France, China and Canada which have offered support to tackle the insurgents,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, a communiqué issued at the end of the summit, said the summit was organised to accelerate the socioeconomic development of the north and the country as a whole.
It said that, the symposium organised by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and NSGF between March 17 and March 19 in Washington laid the foundation for the summit and partnership with investors.
The communiqué, which was signed Gov. Aliyu, said strengthening relations between the entire northern governors through the summit was the right recipe for the development of the area.
“The summit addresses the issues of concern to the people of the region, and particularly the challenges faced by some states presently plagued by poverty, youth unemployment and insurgency.
“It seeks to act as vehicle through which the NSGF attracts partnership with the international investment community and aid agencies to assist in rebuilding, reconstructing and rehabilitating the north,’’ it said.
According to the communiqué, the courage and confidence reposed in the region in the face of enormous insecurity challenges in the country was well-known.
It said the summit would complement the gains of the just concluded World Economic Forum (WEF) for Africa and the far reaching initiatives of the Federal Government to develop the country.
It, called on all investors to have confidence in the opportunities that abound in the region, adding that the deficit found in region should be a motivating factor to invest.