The Borno State Government said on Saturday that it was ready to provide all the necessary support to the Federal Government toward ending the Boko Haram insurgency.
Governor Kashim Shettima made the pledge in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, while addressing members of the Presidential Fact Finding Committee on the abducted students of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok.
Shettima also said that the state government would collaborate with the Federal Government to ensure the safe return of the abducted girls.
He expressed optimism that the committee’s report would provide a leeway toward ending insurgency in the country.
Shettima said: “Going by the calibre of people in the committee, I believe that the committee will come up with lasting solutions to insurgency in the country.
“I am glad that you have already interacted with a wide range of stakeholders in your quest to present a credible report.
“As for us as political leaders, I want to assure you that we will not politicise the abduction saga.
“Rather, we will like to direct our energy toward restoring peace and rescuing the abducted girls.”
Shettima, who described the abduction as a national calamity, also said: “We will remain focused and committed to giving the Federal Government all necessary support to bring the insurgency to an end so that our people can live in peace and harmony.
“We are going to partner with the Federal Government toward bringing back peace in our country.”
Earlier, the Chairman of the committee, retired Brigadier General Ibrahim Sabo, said the meeting was part of the committee’s numerous interaction with stakeholders toward identifying the facts of the matter.
Sabo said: “We have met with a wide range of stakeholders since our arrival in Maiduguri.
“We had useful interaction with Borno elders, the Chibok community, the GGSS principal, the vice principals, the security guards and other stakeholders.”
He said that the interaction with the governor was to further provide facts to the committee for its assignment.