Twelve northern governors who are
currently in the United States of America said that they expected Nigerians to
condemn their trip.
The governors were said to have
been hosted at the White House on Wednesday.
They however said that their visit
to Washington was an opportunity to re-engage with their American partners on
the most vital issues that could help them to quickly transit from volatility
to a phase of peace and development in the northern states of the country.
The Chairman of the Northern States
Governors Forum, who is also the Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim
Shettima, was quoted to have stated this in a statement made available to Urban Express correspondent on Wednesday.
The statement was signed by Shettima’s
spokesperson, Isa Gusau.
The governor said, “By the time we
wake up tomorrow, print, online and broadcast media houses in Nigeria would
have screaming headlines, that ‘12 Northern Governors storm Washington’ in the
midst of economic recession, when our national currency, the naira, has sharply
depreciated against the US dollar.
“Majority of our citizens will
quickly conclude that we are here on a jamboree. Well, leadership isn’t only
about popular decisions; leadership is about doing what is right at a time that
“Our visit to Washington is an
opportunity to re-engage with our American partners on the most vital issues
that can help us to quickly make transition from volatility to a phase of peace
and development in the northern states of Nigeria.
“Over the past few years, we have
realised that the indices of development in our region have not only been some
of the most damning in our country, they have also been the background against
which the problems in our region have manifested.”
During the reception, the governors
were said to have used the occasion to hold a closed-door meeting with
President Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor, Ambassador Susan Rice.
The governors also held a
closed-door meeting with U.S Secretary of State, John Kerry at the State
department in Washington.
The governors also held meeting
with Gayle Smith, the administrator of the United States Agency for
The meeting was said to have been held at the
Ronald Reagan building, the headquarters of the humanitarian and development
agency in Washington.