The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), has donated ₦10 million to the people and government of Borno State.
Chairman of the forum and Governor of Ekiti State Dr. Kayode Fayemi announced the donation in Maiduguri in solidarity and to commiserate with Professor Babagana Zulum on the recent attacks on his convoy in the state.
Governor Fayemi who was accompanied on the visit by the Governor of Sokoto State and Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, the Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum, Atiku Bagudu, and the Governor of Plateau State and Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Governor Simon Lalong; admonished Professor Zulum to exercise caution in his activities in the state, emphasising that Nigeria owes the Borno people a duty to end insurgency through effective collaboration and described the attack on the governor as an attack on all.
Responding, the Governor of Borno State thanked the NGF for its kind gesture, saying it is not the amount of money but the gesture behind the donation, saying insurgency had thrown people of the state into Social and Economic hardship thereby making life more difficult.
Governor Zulum who spoke in a somber mood explained that he would not be deterred from pursuing his goals of emancipating his people as security and development are two sides of the same coin that must go, and stressed that the Chad Basin was employing over 10 million people, but no one was farming there as the insurgents had made these places not accessible to the people.
He further stated that more than eight hundred thousand people are residents in Monguno with over three million IDPs in Gajiram Local Government, the majority who are youths and idle, are susceptible to going astray if not positively engaged.
Governor Zulum noted that no single army anywhere in the world has ever succeeded in quelling insurgency and appealed to the federal government to adopt other ways of complementing the efforts of the Nigerian Army with the Chadian soldiers to end insurgency in the region.