Gombe state Governor Inuwa Yahaya has disclosed that about 75, 000 families who were displaced by insurgents from the neighbouring northeastern states have resettled in the state.
Inuwa disclosed this this Wednesday when he received the chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum and governor of Ekiti state Kayode Fayemi who visited the state.
He explained that the influx of the displaced persons into Gombe was because of its relative peace, location in the centre of the region and sharing boundaries with all the five other northeastern states.
“Naturally, what happened elsewhere, we feel the effect of an insurgency because of the displaced persons that came to settle here. We made this place to be home for them.
“As at the last count, about 75, 000 families have resettled in Gombe. I don’t think even if an opportunity comes, they will still think of going back because they have resumed their normal lives”. He said.
On his part, the chairman of the governors’ forum Kayode Fayemi said he was on a mission to discuss with governors some of the challenges facing the nation and see how they could address them.
Asked if his visit to the state was part of the consultation for his presidential bid, the governor of Ekiti state said it was not the right time for him to make a decision especially now that many citizens concentrate on Ramadan fast.