The Governor while speaking yesterday when President Muhammad pay sympathy visit to the State over the recent killing by Boko Haram, said that he is surprise that the people of Borno State has forgetting so soon, the days when Boko Haram terrorist is controlling almost the entire local government in the State.
The Governor point out that Boko Haram control 20 local Government in Borno state before the emergence of president Muhammad Buhari in 2015.
He said "Close to about 20 Local Government areas were resettled under Buhari. In fact, in the year 2016/2017 we celebrated the demise of the Boko Haram insurgency that has unfortunately returned” Zulum said.
The Governor although he could not ignore the current unfortunate situation, the people of Borno state still remember the days before Buhari’s emergence, when 20 out of the 27 local government areas in the state were in the hands of boko haram while all the five routes into Borno state were largely inaccessible with exception of Maiduguri-Kano road. In addition, he cited, sporadic bombings and killings even within the capital, Maiduguri.
"Let me appreciate Mr President for associating with us at this our very trying moment. I am so surprised that we have forgotten the past” Zulum said.
Governor Zulum however commended the President for his commitment to ending the insurgency. He recalled the gains recorded in the years 2016 and 2017 and also thanked him for being consistent in showing empathy to the people of Borno.
President Muhammad in his response reassure the people of Maiduguri and Borno State that Nigeria army will work harder this time to defeat the terrorist.