MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Governor of Diffa Province in Republic of Niger, Alhaji Isa Lameen, on Friday led a high-powered delegation of his cabinet members on a solidarity visit to Borno Governor, Babagana Zulum, over the attack on his convoy near Baga in early August 2020.
Lameen was accompanied by members of Diffa Parliament, Secretary to the Government of Diffa, Alh. Yahaya Godi; Corp Commander Guard National, Region of Diffa, Col. Daye Mohammed.
Others include; Corp Commander Gendarme for Diffa Region, Col. Bashir Leo; Prefet of Diffa Abube Wazagam Adam; Prefet of Maine, Isaka Mai Saleh; and traditional rulers from the region of Diffa.
“Your Excellency, we are here to encourage you with what you have been doing, we have been following with keen attention of what you have been doing in Borno State. And we in Diffa, are in full support of your administration.
“Since when you became the Governor of Borno State, we know, and we have seen what is going on. We thank you and urge you to continue like that. In Niger, especially in Diffa, we are asking you, and pleading with you to continue with what you are doing. Irrespective of your citizens in Diffa, irrespective of nationalities we are all in support,” he urged.
Governor Lameen explain that Borno and Diffa shares the same problem of insurgency, which he however believed shall be defeated sooner. He reiterated their support and encouragement to Governor Zulum and the people of Borno State.
“Both of us share the same problem, we are encouraging you to continue with the way you tackle this problem. We encourage such visit between us, so that we can defeat our enemies.
“God willing, our enemies shall be defeated, and we are going to resumed our normal lives, our people will enjoy peace irrespective of those in the borders. I believe every problem has an end, and the end of our enemies will come sooner than later,” Lameen said.
Responding, Governor Zulum expressed appreciation for the visit and welcomed his august visitors, saying the entire citizens of Borno are happy to see them.
Zulum described the relationship between the two states as cordial, noting the similarities in culture, religion and inter-marriage relations, and promised to sustained the relationship.
He also commended the Government of Niger Republic and Diffa Province for its continuous support of Borno citizens taking refuge in the region.
“Let me use this forum to convey our deep appreciation to the Government of Niger and that of Diffa for taking good care of our refugees. Insha Allah, we shall discuss how we can return some of our people that are willing to come back home in a dignified manner.
“We are aware of the economic challenges facing the world, but despite that you continue to support our people, we thank you most sincerely,” Zulum said.
The meeting later went into closed door, where security issues affecting the two states were discussed.