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Don’t be Deterred, Distracted, Buni Tells Zulum Over Boko Haram Attack On Convoy

By: Gbenga Akingbule

…as Sen Shettima pays tribute fallen Security Operatives

Yobe State Governor and Caretaker National Chairman of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), Mai Mala Buni has on Tuesday urged his Borno State counterpart, Prof Babagana Zulum not to be deterred in providing succour to his people by the continued Boko Haram attack on his convoy.

Recall that more than 10 security operatives were killed last weekend while others sustained injuries when rampaging Boko Haram terrorists attcked Governor Zulum’s convoy in the northern part of the state. Although, the Governor was not part of the convoy at the time.

Governor Buni said Nigerias are aware of the determination of the Governor Zulum’s efforts to resettle displaced persons to their communities saying the prayers of Nigerians will ensure the governor’s protection wherever he goes.

Buni, who made the disclosure when he paid a sympathy visit to the Borno State Governor, added that the people of Borno had witnessed similar insurgency in the past but bounced back with great vigour

“Your excellency, we’re with you in prayers, we know your determination to see to it that you resettle our people here in Borno. I want to assure you that you’ve the goodwill, support and prayers of all Nigerians and Insha Allah, Allah will protect you,” Governor Buni said.

The APC acting National Chairman told his Borno counterpart to always be ready for challenges, noting that “as a leader, you will be facing challenges because its inevitable; but I know deep down me that you will not be deterred nor be distracted from your determination to seeing to it that you resettle our people back to their communities.”

The Yobe state Governor who went down memory lane and recalled how the people of Borno bounced back after the capture of Kenem Borno Empire for seven years and seven months by Rabe stressed that the eleven-year-old Boko Haram Insurgency will soon be history.

“Many historians can attest to the fact that at a point in time, Kemen Borno Empire was captured by Rabe, he ruled Borno for seven years, seven months and some days but today nobody can point to an individual as a progeny or relative of Rabe. So, Insha Allah, the ongoing insurgency shall also be history,” Governor Buni said.

Meanwhile, the former governor of Borno state and now Senator, Kashim Shettima who led other National Assembly members from the state to sympathise with Governor Zulum commended the Military, Police, Civil Defense and the local Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) for their roles in trying to protect lives and property in the state.

Senator Shettima who payed glowing tribute particularly to the security operatives that were killed by the Boko Haram terrorists on Governor Zulum’s convoy urged residents to give maximum support to government and military to end the insurgency.

“We are all in this together; the military who pay supreme sacrifices, the Nigerian police force, the Civil defence corp and our Civilian-JTF are all making supreme sacrifices for the common good. We pray for the repose of those who paid the Supreme price and may God grant their families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

Governor Zulum in his response was full of gratitude to his Yobe state counterpart, Mai Mala Buni, Senator Shettima and other National Assembly members from the state who visited him at different time.

“On behalf of the good people of Borno state, I wish to convey our deep appreciation to the Executive Governor of Yobe State for commiserating with us over the recent attack on my convoy,” Governor Zulum said.

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