Governor of Kaduna State, Uba Sani, has said some former governors in the North-West wined and dined with bandits and other terrorists.
Sani disclosed this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday.
He claimed some governors took the wrong approach in the management of the internal affairs of their states, leading to the current security challenges.
“I remember when the Kaduna State Government and some states within the North-West — and even Niger State, they have borders with us — came together to work out a framework to tackle this issue of insecurity.
“We had a joint committee, joint funding, working closely with all the security agencies — the army, the air force and the police.
“But unfortunately, somewhere along the line, the alliance broke down when some state governors decided to start engaging the bandits and the terrorists sitting with them, winning and dining with them, compensating them, negotiating with them.”
He posited that the approach brought the progress backwards, resulting in a breakdown of the alliance.
According to him the insecurity in the region brought about urgent action from the governors in the region.
“Only two weeks ago, I invited all the governors from the North-West to the Kaduna State Liaison Office in Abuja; I hosted them. Irrespective of party differences, they all came; we sat down together and came out with a kind of policy framework to tackle the problem of insecurity.
“We agreed that we have to have a common approach to the issue and we have to move away from the mistakes made by some previous governors that decided to compromise the operation in the past when they started giving money to the bandits and negotiating with them.”