Borno State governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has promised to be careful in the way he traverses his state but vowed that that does not mean that he will be forced to chicken out of pursuing his goals of returning his people to their ancestral homes.
Governor Zulum made this proclamation when the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and governor of Ekiti State, Dr John Kayode Fayemi visited him in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, to demonstrate solidarity and commiserate with him on the recent attacks on his convoy.
According to a statement by the head media affairs of the NGF, Abdulrazaque Bello- Barkindo, the Fo-rum also donated N100million to the government and people of Borno State.
Governor Fayemi was accompanied on the trip by the governor of Sokoto State and chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, the chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and the governor of Plateau State and chairman of Northern Governors’ Forum, Simon Bako Lalong.
Addressing the embattled governor, Dr Fayemi admonished Prof Zulum to exercise caution in his activities in the state, even though he narrated how the Borno governor always responded by saying that his life was in the hands of Allah and that death will only come when Allah wills.
Dr Fayemi emphasised that Nigeria owes the Borno people a duty to end this insurgency and nip it in the bud. The Ekiti State governor described how Gov Zulum attempted to dissuade them from visiting his state but the chairman of the NGF insisted that it is not just a duty but the most realistic thing to do because “an attack against one is an attack against all”, to which the Government House Maiduguri erupted in thunderous applause.