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Governor Zulum to international community don’t loose focus on “Covid-2009” aka (Boko Haram) as he felicitates with Christians on Easter

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Governor Zulum to international community don’t loose focus on “Covid-2009” aka  (Boko Haram) as he felicitates with Christians on Easter

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno state appealed to Nigerians and the international community not to be distracted by the Covid 19 pandemic to loose focus on the Boko Haram insurgency which he described as “Covid 2009″.

Governor Zulum’ in an Easter message issued yesterday by his spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau said “In the midst of the fight against Covid-19 however, there is the risk of stakeholders in Nigeria and the international community, loosing focus on the fight against Boko Haram, which to us in Nigeria, is an older ‘Covid-2009-coronavirus‘. Although the Boko Haram, under its initial identity as Taliban, launched its first attack back in October 2003 around Yobe state, the group gained notoriety in July 2009 and since then, no one knows the exact thousands of persons killed by this dangerous ’Covid-2009’”

The Boko Haram is equally contagious through the spread of violent ideologies and links with terror groups around the world. It is also contagious by creating permanent fear and agonies for millions of people. We cannot afford to be distracted. We must be simultaneous and consistent in applying and sustaining tough measures against Covid-19 and ‘Covid-2009’. With their proven evil mindset, Boko Haram insurgents would expect us to be carried away with Covid-19, so they can exploit the situation to make Covid-2009 worse than it already is. We must never let this happen” Zulum said as quoted in the statement.

While felicitating with christians in Borno state and other parts of the country as they celebrate Easter, Governor Zulum used the season to warn, that notwithstanding the global focus on Covid-19 pandemic, Nigeria and the international community must never lose sight of the Boko Haram insurgency, which the Governor sees as an older coronavirus he labelled “Covid-2009”.

Zulum said “I warmly felicitate with our Christian brothers and sisters in Borno state and beyond, at easter, which is a season we should recognize and imbibe selfless sacrifices and renew our hopes and convictions.”

“While wishing all Christians a happy and memorable easter, I share the pain, that the important easter is being celebrated at time Nigeria, like many parts of the world, is battling to contain a pandemic caused by coronavirus disease. The Covid-19, first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei province, has so far caused the deaths of nearly 104,000 persons around the world from which Nigeria recorded 7 in mortality. Borno state government will remain relentless in fighting this dangerous and highly contagious disease through strict preventive and responsive measures,” Governor Zulum added.

 

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Adamawa Apc Warn Members against Accepting PDP Appointment

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Adamawa APC warn members against accepting PDP appointment

By Baba Yakubu Yola

The Adamawa Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned its members against accepting appointment from Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri led government of People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

A statement on Wednesday by the State Publicity Secretary of APC, Mohammed Abdullahi, said according to the party constitution, anyone who accepted such appointment ceased to be members of APC.

Abdullahi said APC was observing the sustained fruitless effort by PDP in the state to cause disunity among its members.

“We refer to the recent appointments released by the PDP Government in the State that featured the names of some members of our Great Party and wish to draw the attention of the appointees to Article 9.5 of the APC Constitution which states that, any Party Member that accepts a political appointment from any political party or opposition Government ceases to be a member of APC.

“While we commend the loyalty and faithfulness of our Party members who rejected the appointments offered to them by the PDP Government, all those who accept the appointments will have their names removed from the Party Register.

“In conclusion, the APC is keenly watching the PDP government s fruitless efforts in trying to cause commotion and disunity within the APC family. This attempt has failed and will ever fail,” Abdullahi said.

He urged members of the party to remain resolute and focused on supporting the Buhari Administration as the party further unite to take over power in Adamawa State in 2023.

Meanwhile, one of the party chieftains given appointment by Gov. Fintiri as Special Assistant, Mrs Anna Sini has rejected the appointment.

Sini in a letter to APC said she declined the appointment as a loyal party member.

“I am assuring my party that, I remain loyal and committed APC member,” Sini who was an APC Senatorial Aspirant for Adamawa North District said in the letter.

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Borno Governor distributes foods and non food items to 10,000 IDPs households in Kala-Balge

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Borno Governor distributes foods and non food items to 10,000 IDPs households in Kala-Balge

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has led the distribution of food and non food items to 10,000 internslly Displaced Persons (IDPS) households in Rann, headquarters of the Kala-Balge, the remotest local government area of the state.

It could recalled that  this is the fourth time Governor Zulum visited the local government which shares border with the Cameroon Republic since he assumed office in the last one year.

Zulum who was flown from Maiduguri to Rann, onboard a military chopper, on Sunday May 31, 2020, after distributed the relief items also visit Ngala, Matte and Dikwa local government area before returning back to Maiduguri.

The Governor who had made three previous similar trips, the first being in June, 2019, few days after coming into office, when he undertook the need assessment of public facilities and subsequently ordered construction works.

He was later returnto Ksla bslge in December 2019 and distributeef cash to 15,000 widows. He layer went back again. in February this year to distribute N100 million cash to 10,000 trapped families.

During the latest visit on Sunday, Zulum supervised the distribution of relief items to mostly women and aged men amongst other vulnerable persons in need, with about 300 Nigerians taking refuge in the Republic of Cameroon who returned to Rann benefiting from the gesture.

Each of the beneficiaries received a bag of 50kg Maize grain, two cartons of spaghetti, two bags of 10kg rice and a-3 liters cooking oil, while female beneficiaries got wrappers in addition to the food items.

Residents in Rann have since mid last year been trapped without road access to farmlands due to the flood from a dam, this forced Nigerians in Rann to resort to neighboring Cameroon Republic for livelihoods.

Speaking, to newsment shortly after the exercise, Governor Zulum acknowledged food contributions from the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, the Northeast Development Commission (NEDC), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Dangote Foundation.

“I wish to express my sincere appreciation to the President and Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari, for all that he has been doing towards repositioning the northeast. I also wish to express my appreciation to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Northeast Development Commission, as well as NEMA and Dangote Foundation, all of them have contributed to the success of this excersice”Gov., Zulum added.

After the food distribution exercise, Governor Zulum traveled to Wulgo, a border community, to assess the destruction caused by the Boko Haram insurgents.

The assessment of Wulgo, acording to Governor Zulum, was preparatory to resettlement of thousands of IDPs from the community currently staying at formal and informal camps in Gamboru town of Ngala LGA.

The governor said: “The aim of our visit here is to assess the town with a view to resetting back the community. We will have an interface with the community, I think the first thing we will do is to clear the town.”

Zulum then proceeded to Gamboru Ngala where he passed the night, during which he interfaced with the Internally displaced persons from different communities.

While in Rann and Wulgo Governor Zulum, paid visits to military formations in the two towns in order to boost their morale.

During the visits, Zulum presented 250 bags of 50 kg rice,10 bags of 50kg sugar, 200 cartons of noodles, 500 cartons of sphagetti, cooking oil and cash to each of the formations.

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Borno Government distributes palliatives food items to over 300 Frontline health workers, relatives of Covid-19 patients

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Borno government distributes palliative food items to over 300 front line health workers, relatives of COVID 19 patients

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state COVID-19 Response Committee has distributed palliative food items to over 280 front line health workers and 16 family members of Covid 19 patients currently in isolation centres in the state.

Presenting the palliative items to the front line health workers and relatives of Covid 19 patients at the Government House, Maiduguri yesterday, the Chairman of the Committee who is also the Borno state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar Kadafur said the gesture is palliative to assist the front line health workers and the relatives of Covid 19 patients currently receiving treatment at the Bulabulin Ngarannam and UMTH isolation centres.

The chairman of the committee who was represented by his secretary, the Borno state Commissioner for health, Dr Salihu Kwaya Bura said ” on behalf of the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum I am presenting these palliative food stuffs to you in his magnimity as a token from the government to cushion your hardship as you engaged in national assignment and sacrificed in the fight against Covid 19 pandemic and also the relatives of patients currently in isolation”

“We are presenting these palliative, as directed by the Executive Governor of Borno state, Professor Babagaba Zulum, he is concerned for the families of the Covid 19 pateints and the front line health workers”, he added.

He said ” in Borno state as at today 31 May 2020 we had 271 cases of Covid 19, 167 discharged, 78 active cases, 16 in isolation which consists 14 in Nganaram isolation centre and 2 in UMTH isolation centre, while the remaining are in isolation in their respective homes”

Speaking on behalf of the relatives of the patients, Abba Buba thanked the Borno state government and the Covid 19 committee in particular for the gesture, saying that the food items will greatly assist them.

” I assured you that we will continue to adhered to the all preventive measures, as advised by the medical experts. We really appreciate the gestures”, he added.

Each relatives of the covid 19 oateints were given 10 kg of rice. 1 cartons of Indome noodles, 3 litres of vegetable oil, 1 carton of suoetgheti.,as well as 5 kg of surgar.

 

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