Northern governors in closed door meeting with John Kerry

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Northern governors held a closed door meeting
with President Barack Obama’s National Security
Advisor,
Ambassador Susan Rice
Ten out of nineteen Northern governors on
Wednesday, October 19, held a closed door
meeting with U.S Secretary of State, John Kerry at
the State department, in Washington.
The governors also held closed door meeting with
President Barack Obama’s National Security
Advisor, Ambassador Susan Rice that same day.
US secretary general, John Kerry in a closed door
meeting with Northern governors
The governors, led by Borno state Governor and
chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum,
also held a meeting with Gayle Smith,
administrator of the multi million dollars United
States Agency for International Development
(USAID).

The meetings focused on deepening collaboration
on conflicts elimination, prevention, humanitarian
aide and partnerships on the solving development
factors responsible for recurring ethno-religious
violence in northern Nigeria.
Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba, Dalong of
Plateau, Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara, AbdulAziz
Yari of Zamfara, Bindo Jibrilla of Adamawa,
Muhammad Abdullahi Abubakar of Bauchi,
Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger, Kashim Shettima of
Borno, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokotoand
Deputy Governor of Kano State, Professor Hafiz
Abubakar who is representing Governor Abdullahi
Umar Ganduje of Kano State were among those
present.
Ten out of 19 Northern state governors are
currently on a working visit to the US
The ten governors on began a three-day
symposium on Tuesday, October 18, organized by
the United States Institute of Peace , which is an
agency established and funded by the United
States Government with headquarters in
Washington DC.
The symposium focuses on addressing conflicts
and under-development in Northern Nigeria.
It was reported earlier that the governors who are
worried that their trip might be perceived by
Nigerians as a jamboree amidst the biting
economic recession, demanded from their host’s
practical benefits of the symposium as would make
positive impacts on the majority of citizens across
the 19 Northern States.

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