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Borno State loses dividends of democracy to Boko Haram, says Umara

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Professor Babagana Umara Zulum

Governor Babagana Umara of Borno State has said that Boko Haram insurgents have eroded the dividends of democracy by devilish destructive tendencies for a decade.

Umara said this yesterday while addressing the people to mark Democracy Day at Ramat Square in Maiduguri.

According to him, over 80 per cent of the state’s infrastructural facilities were destroyed by the insurgents.

“Over the years, we lost greater part of our democratic gains to the devilish acts and destructive tendencies of Boko Haram insurgents.

“We witnessed a massive displacement of communities and high number of Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country.

“In the 10-year insurgency, there were destruction of irrigation facilities with collapse of market and trading facilities.

“The task before us is enormous, given the mean resource base of the state. We will never relent or give up. I have garnered support to reinforce security measures and adopt additional strategies to counter the insurgency.

“I have taken measures to empower civilian JTF, give logistic support to all security operatives,” he said.

The logistic support, according to him, will create effective platform for co-operation and consultations.

He, therefore, warned that he would not hesitate to take any action or support any cause that could restore peace.

In the same vein, Kebbi State Governor in his speech during the celebration of June 12 Democracy Day yesterday at the Haliru Audu Stadium, Birnin Kebbi, represented by his deputy, Alhaji Ismail Yombe, said that Kebbi State Government was ready to put in more efforts in delivering dividends of democracy to the people.

The governor, who stated that more farmers would benefit in agricultural production, said: “We are going to leave a good legacy behind and give everyone a sense of belonging by empowering the youths, create more jobs, provide infrastructure, more roads, healthcare services delivery and sound education.”

Also, his Akwa Ibom State counterpart, Udom Emmanuel, has urged Nigerians to use the occasion of the 2019 Democracy Day to rededicate themselves to pursuing national cohesion and peaceful co-existence.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Ekerete Udoh, Emmanuel also celebrated the deepening of the country’s democratic culture since the return to civil rule in 1999, saying: “Our democracy has grown by leaps and bounds in the past 20 years, and Nigerians deserve a pat on the back.

“This occasion calls for re-dedication of ourselves to pursuing those issues that promote national unity and peaceful co-existence.”


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