Bauchi State Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar has appealed to Nigerians in the Diaspora, donor agencies and development partners, to help rebuild the northeast.
He made in the call yesterday when he received a group of 18 Afro-Americans who paid him a courtesy at the Government House in Bauchi.
Abubakar was quoted by his press secretary, Abubakar Al-Sadique, as saying that the northeast suffered from the insurgency more than any other part of the country.
“The recent World Bank report says Bauchi tops the list of out-of-school children in the country, but I challenge those figures. What the World Bank didn’t consider is that Bauchi state has accommodated higher internally displaced persons than any state of the federation, and the data the Bank relies on to pass this verdict was generated long time ago,” he said.
According to the governor, the entire northeast requires urgent world attention in terms of reconstruction, rehabilitation and reintegration of the internally displaced people.
Earlier, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora, Abide Debiri-Erewa, said the Afro-Americans were in Nigeria to re-engage the country because of their belief that only Africans could develop the continent.