North East Regional Conference opens today

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(Last Updated On: 2016-11-15)

Nahimat Adekoga

Governors from the Northeast, traditional rulers, scholars and researchers have converged on Damaturu today at the opening of a two-day North East Regional Conference.

The Conference, which is on ‘Peace and Scholarship: The True Legacies of Kanem-Borno and Sokoto Caliphate’, was organised by the International Organisation of Tijjaniyah Brotherhood in collaboration with Arewa House, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Conference seeks to explore the legacies of Kanem-Borno and Sokoto Caliphate in reviving and perpetuating the values of peace, knowledge and scholarship in post-Boko Haram Northeast and the northern part of the country in general.

In his speech, the Governor of Yobe state, Ibrahim Gaidam said the Conference couldn’t have come at a better time because the region has started experiencing peace and improved security situation.

Gaidam explained that the activities of the insurgents which initially started in 2009 in Borno State spilled over to Yobe and other States with consequent loss of lives and properties worth billions of naira.

’’It has equally brought disruption of socio-economic activities in the North East sub-region over the past seven years, a situation that may perhaps take us several years to recover”, the governor said.

As peace returns across the Northeast, the Governor called for an all-hands-on-deck approach among various stakeholders to nurture and sustain the peace.

“I wish to urge the Federal Government, State Governments, Islamic Scholars, leaders of thought, our traditional rulers and community leaders, civil society organizations and indeed all other stakeholders who have roles to play to come together, work together and act together to chart a common front towards entrenching peace, fostering unity, scholarship and promotion of education”, the Governor said.

The Kanem Borno Kingdom and Sokoto Caliphate, , who is represented by His Royal Highness the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu, also emphasised the importance of the legacies of Kanem-Borno and Sokoto Caliphate.

He said the legacies left behind from those eras are ‘geared towards the establishment and sustenance of peace, justice and civilisation’.

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