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Insecurity: Makinde calls for unity among leaders in the North

By Adewuyi Simeon

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Oyo state Governor, Seyi Makinde on Saturday charged Nigerian leaders to shun partisanship and unite together to fight insecurity across the nation.

The governor disclosed this while hosting the trio of Borno state governor, Babagana Zulum, Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, and a former governor of Borno State, Senator Kashim Shettima, at the Government House in Ibadan.

Governor Makinde also commended Governor Zulum for his efforts in tackling insurgency and banditry in the state.

Meanwhile the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has bagged an award of excellence from the University of Ibadan Alumni association word wide.

Governor Making also congratulated the Borno governor over an award being conferred on him by the University of Ibadan Alumni Association, Worldwide.

He described the award as a well deserved thereby congratulated him for it.

Makinde said “On behalf of the government and people of Oyo State, welcome again to your own city, Ibadan. We want to congratulate you on the award being given to you by the University of Ibadan Alumni Association, Worldwide. I think the award is well-deserved and we congratulate you on that.

He also appreciate him for paying him the visit stressing that governance has nothing to do with party affiliation but it is something that is collective with the same focus.

“I have had the opportunity to host here my brother, the Governor of Kwara State and we are also collaborating. When he came, we visited IITA together. Some of the programmes that we are collaborating with IITA on, now they want to have them in Kwara.

“Also, we have set up a team to go to Kwara and we want to learn some of the good things they are doing there and collaborate. And we believe this is the only way we can develop our country. So, I want to thank you for this visit and also thank you for your concern for us in Oyo State; first with the crisis in Sasa and the recent fire incident at the spare parts market.

“So, I want to encourage all our leaders in the Northeast who are facing security issues. Even yesterday, we were at Benue in Makurdi and they have challenges also. Three or four days ago, I was in Sokoto and Zamfara.

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“They have banditry but these are not challenges that we cannot surmount. The only thing that we need is for us, as leaders, to pull together. And for me, I offer myself irrespective of party, to build bridges that will ensure that we come together to defeat all the problems that we are currently having.

“So, this courtesy visit is timely and it is a demonstration to the whole world that we are together in the task of building our nation. I thank you for stopping by,” he said.

Earlier, the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum has said that the visit was meant to commiserate with the governor over the crisis in Sasa and the fire incident that engulfed the spare parts market in Ibadan.

He prayed that such incidents would never happen again.

He called on people to continue to live in peace and harmony for the betterment of Nigeria.

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