The Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, in his response to the recent revelation by the President of World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, that President Muhmmadu Buhari asked the Bank to shift its focus to northern part of the country, said that three (3) Southern Governors were present on that day.
He noted that Buhari made the request for the bank to help rebuild the North-East region ravaged by the Boko Haram terrorists group.
According to Shettima, five (5) governors, including three (3) from the each from the Southern parts of Nigeria and the late Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Prof. Adefuye, were present on that day when Buhari held meeting with the World Bank President in Washington DC.
Shettima said himself, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa State, were all in attendance at the meeting during which he made the open request.
“The President and the Federal Government have very competent spokespersons, I don’t speak for the President or the Federal Government but the controversy affects my State because the discussions with the World Bank focused on rebuilding the northeast and everyone knows that when the issue of rebuilding the northeast is the subject, Borno naturally comes into perspective because of the N 9 billion worth of destructions inflicted by Boko Haram on the northeast.
“Borno alone suffered destructions worth N6 billion and this figure was the product of President Muhammadu Buhari’s request from the world Bank. It was the World Bank that championed the RPBA (Recovery and Peace Building Assessment Report on the six states of the northeast with the participation of the European Union, and office of the Vice President.
“The World Bank became involved after President Buhari made a request for the Bank to support the rebuilding of the northeast. The meeting between President Buhari and the World Bank in Washington DC which took place in July, 2015, few weeks after the President’s swearing-in, was attended by their Excellencies, then Governor Adams Oshiomhole from the south-South, Governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo from the southeast, Abiola Isiaka Ajimobi from the Southwest, Tanko Al-Makura from the north Central, myself from the northeast, the Late Prof.Adefuye and the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Bulus Lolo.
“The request was made by the President in the open and everyone thought it was the right thing. States in the northeast, like Borno have been working with the World Bank, putting all the collaborative machinery in place. We have been having series of follow ups and the media has been covering all the steps including my visit to the World Bank in Abuja some months ago. The whole thing is in the open and we believe the objectives of the President will be actualised as go forward,” Shettima said.