A two-day meeting focused on how to tackle the security challenges bedeviling the northern region of the country has opened in Kaduna State on Thursday.
Participants at the meeting are also expected to discuss the challenges of youth unemployment.
Apart from the 19 Northern state governors, the meeting also has in attendance traditional rulers from the region, Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, and Information Minister, Lai Mohammed.
Other top government officials and stakeholders at the meeting also include the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Mohammed Monguno, Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and Director General, State Security Service, Yusuf Bichi.
The Governors of Plateau, Adamawa, Sokoto, Nasarawa, Jigawa, and Katsina are present at the meeting holding at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House in Kaduna while those of Niger, Zamfara, Yobe, Benue, Kogi, and Kebbi were represented by the Deputy Governors according to NAN.
At their last meeting on Nov. 2, 2020, the Northern Governors had set up two committees to push for statutory roles for traditional rulers and another on youth and civil societies.
Meanwhile, the Boko Haram terrorist group has issued a 7-day ultimatum for the government to meet its demands or kill a pastor, Bulus Yakuru whom they abducted in December 2020.
The pastor was said to have been abducted when the insurgents attacked Pemi village, close to Chibok on the eve of Christmas in 2020.
He has since being in their custody despite earlier appeals from him through videos released by the group in December 2020 and again in January 2021 for the government and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to come to his rescue.
His abduction has now taken a new turn with the ultimatum issued by the Boko Haram terrorists in a new video as contained in a report monitored by Newspot on HumAngle.
According to the report, the pastor appeared in the new video with a Boko Haram soldier holding a knife to his head as he begged President Muhammadu Buhari, the Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, his Local Government Chairman, and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to urgently come to his rescue before he is killed.
It is understood that the deadline given by the terrorists will expire on Wednesday, 3rd March 2021.