'There's war on economy in our region' -- North East Governors meet Buhari over Boko Haram insurgency/

Governors of the North East on Monday met with President Muhammadu Buhari over the rising Boko Haram insurgency in the region.

The meeting, which also had in attendance Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, featured governors from the region alongside heads of security agencies. 

During a chat with journalists, Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, said the meeting focused on the worsening insecurity in the region and the possible measures to tackle them headlong.

His words: “The government of the region have commended the efforts of federal government in securing the region. However, we told me president that there is need for the federal government to address the causes of insurgency, which are not limited to the endemic poverty, hunger among others.

“One of the root causes is that of access to farm lands, people need to go back to their farmlands, people need to be resettled in their original homes so that they can restart their means of livelihood.

“This is one of the reasons the insurgents are recruiting more into the sect. Therefore, creating enabling environment (that) will enable the people to go about their normal duties will no doubt reduce the cases of insurgency.”

He also revealed that series of consultations had been held over the recent attack on his convoy by the insurgent group.

Zulum said: “There is need for the federal, states and the local government to come together with a view to proffering solutions that will end this crisis in the region.

“But most importantly, there is war on the economy in the region and I think that is why we are here.”