MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Indigenes of Borno and Yobe States, including elders, National Assembly members, former ministers and federal officials were in Maiduguri on Sunday, for a meeting with Governor Babagana Zulum to discuss security issues relating to the boko haram crisis.
The delegation was led by Architect Ibrahim Bunu, a former minister from Borno state.
Governor Zulum expressed appreciation to the delegation for the visit, noting that Borno and Yobe are two inseparable entities.
“It gives me great pleasure and feel highly honoured to receive you this afternoon. I welcome you to Borno State being dignified indigines and some elder statesmen.”
Zulum acknowledged the zeal and commitment of the President and Commander in- Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, towards the restoration of lasting peace in Borno.
“We appreciate the special interest of President Muhammadu Buhari in peace, security and post insurgency reconstruction of Borno.
“The challenges observed in the fight against insurgency are addressed very well with interface with the President during his visit to Maiduguri.
“Let me also tell you, the military are doing very well in the fight against insurgents. There has been a good synergy between the military and other security operatives and indeed with the civil population.
“We have seen improvement in strategy, resources deployment and consultation since Auno episode. We are confident that by the grace of the Almighty we will win this war and restore peace in our state,” he said.
The Governor also noted that despite the challenges since inception, his administration have embarked on many developmental projects.
“Our focus is fundamentally to shift from meeting humanitarian crisis to that of economic recovery and stabilization. We are aggressively pursuing development, channeling all resources towards projects we think are desirable.
“I have initiated development projects in all areas with minimum level of peace and security attained, because we cannot wait for the insurgency to completely finish before we start development projects,” Zulum stated.
Earlier in his remarks, Architect Bunu, extended their sympathy to the people and Government of Borno state.
He also commended the efforts of Governor Zulum towards attaining peace and bringing development to the state.
“Your Excellency, we have seen the zeal, the passion and the commitment you have so far exhibited in the service of our people and by extension to the fatherland,” he said.