Nigeria’s Unity and Regional Socio-Political Groups: Influence and Impact of the Northern States Governors Forum
HE Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu, Executive Governor of Niger State; Chair of the Northern States Governors Forum, Nigeria
Chair: Alex Vines OBE, Director of Area Studies and International Law, Chatham House
Nigeria’s north is a diverse region with complex politics and as power dynamics in the region have changed since the return to civilian rule in 1999, multiple socio-political entities have (re-)emerged. State governments in northern Nigeria must respond to a range of competing and cross-cutting challenges beyond - but potentially linked to - terrorism and other security threats, including food security, education, the provision of infrastructure and generating new investment.
Governor Aliyu is the Chair of the Northern States Governors Forum, which comprises 19 of Nigeria’s 36 states. The Governor will discuss recent developments, how the region is responding to its unique challenges, and how it works with the Federal Government and Nigeria’s Governors’ Forum to improve governance standards, implement reform and move towards a more cohesive national identity.