Thirteen northern governors of the North are currently in the United States seeking solutions to the Boko Haram insurgency that is fast threatening to grind socio-economic activities in the region to a halt.
The governors met yesterday for about eight hours at the United States Peace Institute and the State Department in Washington D.C with U.S government officials and representatives of Norway and Denmark.
While the meetings are expected to continue today, details of yesterday’s closed-door meeting, which was bankrolled by the U.S. government in collaboration with the governments of Norway and Denmark, could not be obtained.
However, it was learnt that the issue on the front burner was how Nigeria could overcome the Boko Haram insurgency, especially through education and economic investments.
Other issues discussed included re-invigorating the U.S. attention on the north, economic investment opportunities in the region, security and challenges of private investments in the region.
The governors were reportedly given time to dialogue among themselves on the way out of Boko Haram.
Among the governors in attendance were Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Kashim Shetttima (Borno), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Saidu Dakingari (Kebbi), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi) and Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano).