MAIDUGURU, North-East, Nigeria – A delegation of the Senate led by its Majority Leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi, on Monday, June 22, 2020, visited Borno State to commiserate with Governor Babagana Zulum over recent killings by Boko Haram insurgents.
The delegation which comprised of Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, Deputy minority whip, Senator Yahaya Yawu, Senator Kashim Shettima, Senator Mohamed Ali Ndume and Senator Abubakar Kyari, was received by the host Governor, Zulum, at the Government House, Maiduguri.
Speaking on behalf of the senate, Senator Yahaya, assured that no stone will be left unturned in an effort to get lasting peace in the nation.
He added that the Nigerian Senate in a resolution had directed the Senate President to meet President Muhammadu Buhari to lay on his table the security situation in the country.
In view of that, the Senate President had on Monday met with President Buhari, where security issues were squarely brought to the President.
“I want to assure you that very soon efforts will be seen to have been done for Nigeria to get itself off this insurgency and banditry,” he assured.
Yahaya also said, the Nigerian Senate had pledged to support the executive, in approving security budgets to provide the administration with the necessary resources for the security agencies to secure the people.
He added that the whole nation is quite aware and very grateful of the kind of effort that Zulum has made, the brave journeys of work he has undertaken, all in an effort to secure his people and the entire North-East zone.
“For most of us, having people with the kind of zeal and commitment in position of leadership, the courage that you have shown, going to the length and breadth of this state. where some of us don’t dare go, you have gone.
“Your Excellency, you have demonstrated a lot of courage, sense of purpose to uphold dignity and honour of the people of your state. We want to use this opportunity to thank you very much and encourage you to brave all odds so that all of us will be rid of this threat,” he said.
Responding, Governor Zulum while welcoming the delegation, acknowledged the support of the National Assembly towards development of the North-East zone.
He equally extended his appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for maintaining stability in the region.
“Notwithstanding, the recent happenings in Borno, the situation can not be compared to what is obtained, particularly between the year 2011 to 2014. However, the recent spontenous attacks in Borno is a matter of great concern to all of us.
“The Nexus between security and peace cannot be overemphasized, if there is no peace, there is no security and if there is no security there is no development,” Zulum said.
The Governor however, lamented the continuous inaccessibility of citizens to their farmlands which he said has become a serious challenge facing the state.
“In fact, the people of Borno State are facing a very serious challenge, worthy to note is that of a limited access to farmlands by our people. We have to address the root causes of the insurgency which are not limited to endemic poverty, pervasive illiteracy, unemployment, environmental degradation among others.
“Continuous dependance on food supply from the INGOs and the UN agencies is not sustainable. The only option we have is to create an enabling environment for our people to regain their means of livelihoods,” he said.
Yahaya also led the delegation in company of Governor Zulum to pay homage to the Shehu of Borno, His Royal Highness Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Elkanemi.