Northern Nigerian Governors Attend Governance Training in US to Address Insecurity

Nine Northern Nigerian governors attend a 3-day US conference to tackle regional insecurity, focusing on non-violent conflict resolution and policy coordination to address complex socioeconomic factors.

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Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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Northern Nigerian Governors Attend Governance Training in US to Address Insecurity

Northern Nigerian Governors Attend Governance Training in US to Address Insecurity

A delegation of nine Northern Nigerian governors is currently in the United States for a three-day conference aimed at tackling the issue of insecurity in their region. The intensive executive engagement, hosted by the U.S. Institute of Peace from April 23-25, 2024, seeks to deepen the governors' understanding of the dynamics of security threats, their socioeconomic dimensions, and near-term opportunities to drive stability.

The governors in attendance include Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State, Dikko Umar Radda of Katsina State, Dauda Lawal Dare of Zamfara State, Uba Sani of Kaduna State, Mohammed Umaru Bago of Niger State, Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State, Nasir Idris of Kebbi State, Umar Namadi of Jigawa State, and the Deputy Governor of Sokoto State. Eight of these states rank among the top 20 poorest in Nigeria.

The symposium will focus on strengthening conflict prevention through non-violent strategies for engaging armed groups as an option for conflict resolution. It will also address policy coordination and management of peace and stability in Nigeria. This training is part of the ongoing efforts of the Northern Governors, especially those from the northwest geo-political zone, to set a regional development agenda for their people.

Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State expressed his appreciation for the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and called for strengthening the strategic alliance between the United States and Nigeria to tackle the current security challenges. He emphasized the need for citizens and security agencies to redouble their efforts in addressing these issues.

Why this matters: The attendance of these Northern Nigerian governors at the US training highlights the severity of the security situation in the region and the urgent need for effective strategies to combat instability. The conference's focus on non-violent conflict resolution and policy coordination underscores the importance of a comprehensive approach to addressing the complex socioeconomic factors contributing to insecurity.

The U.S. Institute of Peace, in hosting this event, aims to support the Nigerian government's efforts to promote peace and stability in the country. As Governor Mutfwang stated, "We must strengthen the strategic alliance between the United States and Nigeria to tackle the current security challenges."

Key Takeaways

  • 9 Northern Nigerian governors in US for 3-day security conference
  • Conference hosted by US Institute of Peace, focuses on conflict prevention
  • 8 of the 9 states are among Nigeria's poorest
  • Governors seek to strengthen US-Nigeria strategic alliance on security
  • Conference aims to develop regional agenda to address instability in North