Governors. Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State and Ibrahim Dankwanbo of Gombe State on Wednesday appealed to the Boko Haram sect to accept government’s offer to dialogue.
The governors, who made the appeal when they paid sympathy visit on Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State in Maiduguri, said dialogue would end ongoing violent campaign of the sect in the region.
Yuguda lamented that the renewed violence by the sect had worsened the economic backwardness of the region.
He said, “All leaders in the North East are challenged by the ongoing destruction of lives and property by the sect’s violent campaign. We are appealing to individuals involved to please sheath their swords in the name of God and dialogue.
“So much blood had been shed in the last few years due mainly to the violence perpetrated by the sect members.
“These young men must remember that without peace, we cannot achieve anything in the country.”
The governor explained that peace was essential for any meaningful progress and development in the country.
According to him, government cannot fight poverty and other problems facing the people without peace.
The governor said the visit was aimed at sympathising with the people of the state over the reccurring attacks by the sect.
Dankwanbo described the attacks as unfortunate.
He said the entire governors in the North East were working on a plan to unveil an economic blue print that would tackle acute poverty and unemployment among the youths.
Dankwanbo commended Shettima for the manner he had handled the crisis over the years.