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War against Boko Haram almost won, says Zulum

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[files] Governor of Borno, Zulum. Photo; TWITTER/GOVBORNO

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Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has said that the war against Boko Haram is almost won, as there is no single local council headquarters in the state presently under lock and key.

Special Adviser to the Governor on House of Assembly Matters, Adamu Teli, disclosed this to journalists in Kaduna at the weekend while speaking on the security situation in Borno.

According to him, prior to the coming of Zulum about four Borno local councils were not fully secured from the terrorists.

However, with the coming of the present governor, all the headquarters of the 27 local councils of the state are occupied.

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“This would not have been possible without the pragmatic approach of the governor who put his life on the line for the good of the citizenry.

“Of course, without the support of the Federal Government and the security agencies, this wouldn’t have been possible. Also, the civilian Joint Task Force, as well as ordinary people, is in the vanguard of joining these forces to bring peace,” he declared.

Teli dispelled media reports that Borno lawmakers were not being carried along in the affairs of the state, noting that the news was not only fake, but the handiwork of enemies.

IN the same vein, Zulum has reminded the European Union (EU) and implementation partners to complete their “agreed project activities” to curb insecurity, Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and other challenges in the North East.

During the EU steering committee meeting in Abuja at the weekend, the governor urged the partners to ensure that all resources earmarked for the Borno package were spent in the state.

“I am appealing to the EU to grant us extension for the implementation partners to enable them complete their projects across the state,” he said.

The Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (MRRR), Mustapha Gubio, reiterated the need for EU to support knowledge management of the package through the ministry’s website and data centre.

Responding, the EU Head of Cooperation in Nigeria, Mrs. Cecile Tassin-Pelzer, acknowledged the coordination efforts of the state government through its ministry on the Borno package.

“We are committed to supporting Nigeria to address her challenges,” she said, adding that the EU would look at no-cost-extension requests to approve or justify the need for extension,” she said.

The package has supported more than a million beneficiaries in early recovery and peace building activities in 22 local councils of the state.

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