Plateau State Governor, Caleb Mutfwang, with other stakeholders at a dialogue on Peace and Security in Nigeria hosted at the United States Institute of Peace.

By Marie-Therese Nanlong

Jos – Plateau State Governor, Caleb Mutfwang has reiterated the importance of strengthening the strategic alliance between the United States of America and Nigeria to draw the needed expertise and experience to tackle the current security challenges in some parts of Nigeria.

Mutfwang spoke at a dialogue on Peace and Security in Nigeria hosted at the United States Institute of Peace. The Governor is part of a delegation of Nigerian Governors who are attending the event.

The symposium, with the theme “Drivers of Insecurity and Opportunities for Stabilisation” aims at deepening understanding of the security context, including its socio-economic dimensions, and identifying near-term opportunities for addressing instability.

The Governor, according to a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Gyang Bere appreciated the pragmatic leadership style of President Bola Tinubu, who he said has “shown political will in addressing the inherited security challenges” and appealed to citizens and the security agencies to redouble their efforts in discharging their constitutional responsibility.

He commended the United States Government, particularly the United States Institute of Peace, for its stabilisation support through various interventions, especially those focused on strengthening the capacity of peace actors through the Nigerian Network of Facilitators, and expressed optimism that the lessons learnt would contribute to addressing decades of security challenges in Nigeria and Plateau State in particular.

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The Vice President of the Africa Centre at the US Institute of Peace, Joseph Sany in his remarks at the event, appreciated the Nigerian Governors for attending the symposium and urged them to apply the lessons learnt in their respective States.

Other Governors present at the dialogue included Senator Uba Sani (Kaduna), Abba Yusuf (Kano), Nasir Idris (Kebbi), Umar Namadi (Jigawa), Dauda Lawal (Zamfara), Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia (Benue), Mohammed Bago (Niger), and the Deputy Governor of Sokoto State, Idris Mohammed.