ISWAP Not in Control of Borno State, I Am Still in Charge, Zulum Tells Buhari

ISWAP Not in Control of Borno State, I Am Still in Charge, Zulum Tells Buhari

  • Governor Zulum of Borno has revealed that bandits have not taken over the northeast state from him
  • The governor made this known when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja
  • According to him, the report that ISWAP had appointed a new governor for the state is not authentic and should be dismissed

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Following reports that the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP), is now in charge of Borno, having allegedly appointed one Abba Kaka as the governor of the northeast state, Babagana Zulum has rubbished the claim.

The governor dismissed the report when he spoke to State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Premium Times reports.

Zulum says he is in charge of Borno state and not ISWAP
Governor Zulum has declared that ISWAP is not in charge of Borno state. Photo: Femi Adesina
Source: Facebook

I’m very much in charge

According to the Borno leader, the claim is unauthenticated, Daily Trust added.

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He stated:

“We are yet to validate the authenticity of this report that ISWAP has appointed a governor in Borno state.
“So, as the governor of the state, I think it’s not right for me to speak on something that I don’t have full knowledge of. This report is not authenticated. You have just seen somebody writing something in one of the…I think it’s on Facebook or something like that.
“As far as I’m concerned, I’m the governor of Borno State and I don’t have any information that we have another government in the state. Yes. And I’m very much in charge.”

Famine is imminent in Borno

Recall reported that Zulum declared that famine is imminent in the state unless its farmers can return to their farms.

The governor said the situation has become pathetic in the state now. According to him, thousands of refugees who have returned to their communities have no food and cannot cultivate their farmland.

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He stressed that people cannot be allowed to die of hunger, adding that he would not allow a situation where children cannot go to school.

The governor said the non-governmental organisations giving support have done their best but are no longer providing food assistance because they are overwhelmed.

Meanwhile, Zulum has reiterated his call for power to shift to the south backing the Southern Governors’ Forum’s resolution on the zoning of the presidential seat in 2023.

The southern governors had said the region should produce Nigeria’s next president based on the principles of equity, and fairness, an assertion Zulum also agreed with.


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