Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, has attributed the Boko Haram insurgence in the state and other states in the North East zone of the country to extreme poverty.
Condemning the incessant attacks on churches in the region, he said Nigeria is one indivisible country. Governor Shettima spoke at the Government House, Maiduguri, while receiving the Executive Secretary of Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, Mr. John Opara and his team, that was in the state on a sensitization visit.
Shettima noted that it will be foolhardy for anyone to imagine that Nigeria would break up, saying “Nigeria is known for her lasting values of tolerance, good neigbourliness, being our brothers’ keepers and magnanimity.
“There is no religion that approves the burning of places of worship. We have to come to terms with the fact that God has brought us to live together as one people; we are one people, one nation with the same destiny.”
Mr. Opara, who thanked the governor, said that President Goodluck Jonathan had approved the calendar for the 2012 Christian pilgrimage, adding that the process for the pilgrimage was on and the Commission is determined to have a hitch free exercise this year.