In Nigeria today, poverty wears a Northern face – Gov Shettima

Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima says
poverty in Nigeria now boldly wears a
Northern face. He said this at the Northern
Governors Forum meeting which held in
Kaduna state yesterday.
Things have become so bad, so much
so that we can say without fear of
contradiction that in Nigeria today,
poverty glaringly wears a bold
northern face. We have turned our
region into a laughing stock, derided
by friends and foes alike, and, not
without justification, as having dragged
the rest of the country down with us.
Regrettably today, our region has
become a thriving nest for war,
terrorism, deep seated social
divisions, senseless violence, mind-
boggling intolerance, injustice,
destitution, joblessness, and all
manners of other social vices, the
height of which is the madness called
Boko Haram. No amount of
lamentation will, of course, solve our
many problems. We need to act, and
fast too. This generation of Northern
leaders, led by us the Governors, have
both a moral and constitutional
responsibility as well as a historic
opportunity to reverse the negative
fortunes of our people.
We must do everything in our power
to restore and entrench the lofty
values of unity, understanding,
tolerance, mutual respect, empathy,
justice and mutual coexistence in the
minds of our people and region. We
must firmly and decisively commit
ourselves to fighting poverty,
illiteracy, unemployment, terrorism
and other forms violent crimes in the
north.” he said

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