Boko Haram insurgency; Governor Zulum meets Chadian President Debby over thousands of Borno refugees
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, alongside Nigerian ambassador to Chad, Zannah Umar Bukar Kolo, met President Idriss Debby of the republic of Chad over repatriation of thousands of Nigerian refugees, majority from Borno, who fled Chad as a result of Boko Haram insurgency since 2014.
The meeting, which held at the presidential palace in N’Djamena, was also attended by Chadian ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Abakar Saleh Chahaimi.
Governor Zulum while speaking to newsmen shortly after the meeting with President Debby on Wednesday said “I am here in Chad to see our people currently taking refuge at The Darsalam camp in Baga Sola. We met them yesterday. Our people are doing very well, the government of Chad is taking care of them. So I am here to express appreciation to the President for his generosity towards our people here in Chad. “
“We have also discussed how we can voluntarily repatriate our people back to Nigeria. Basically we are here for three things: meet our people, thank the government of chad, and intensify collaborative efforts to repatriate those who are willing to be safely resettled in different parts of Borno” Zulum said.
Before the meeting with the President, Debby , Governor Zulum crossed over the Lake Chad on Tuesday to the refugee camp in Baga Sola, interacted with citizens and supervised distribution of N50 million to 5,000 families as part of social protection.
Majority of the families hail from different parts of Kukawa local government in which the commercial town of Baga is located. Other families fled local government areas in northern Borno and some extreme portions of Borno central located around the border with Cameroon through which Chad is accessed by land.
It could be recalled that Governor Zulum was in Chad back in January, this year, to meet commanders of the Multinational Joint Task Force over fight against Boko Haram. Zulum had also visited Cameroon and Niger republic at different times to meet Borno citizens taking refuge in the three neighboring countries with land boarders connecting Borno from different angles. During all of these trips, Zulum supervised the distribution of food items and financial support to thousands of refugees and extended gratitude to host communities and government at the local and national levels of the three neighboring countries.
APC holds peaceful ward congresses in Borno
APC holds peaceful ward congresses in Borno
By Madu Mohammed,, Maiduguri
The All Progressive Congress ( APC) in Borno state has peacefully held its ward congresses, as Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state joined others members of his ward , Mafa Central ward of Mafa local government area of Borno state where they elected 27 member ward executives of the party inline with the ongoing ward, local government and state congresses of the party
Addressing the delegates befoe throwing the question, the chairman of the APC Congress committee in Borno state, who is also former Deputy Governor of Taraba state, Alhaji Uba Amadu said ” we are here in Mafa on behalf of APC national headquarters, Abuja to witnessed and monitor the ward congress of our party. We are here to ensure that the congress were conducted in accordance with our party constitution”.
” Our party constitution has allow that the congresses should be done in 3 ways that is, through direct and indirect process, as well as consensus, It could be recalled that the state statutory delegates had last Wednesday agreed that Borno state has opted for consensus.. Today we are here to ensure that what you agreed on is implemented to the later.” Alhaji Anadu added
Those unanimously affirmed through voice votes, as the 27 man Executive of the Mafa central ward of the Mafa local government area were, Alhaji Ali chori, as chairman, Alh Gado Ka’ana as Vice chairman, Alhaji Gada sarki as secretary, Alhaji Babagana Kachalla, treasurer among others executives of the ward.
Speaking in an interview with newsmen in Mafa, shorty after the exercise , Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state called on the APC members in the state to conduct themselves peacefully and be united for the progress of the party, state and the country at large..
“I want to use this opportunity to thank you for conducting yourselves peacefully, we want to also thank the national , state and local government committee for ensuring peaceful congress in Mafa central my ward”, Zulum.
He said ” I want to assure you that APC administration in Borno state under my leadership will continue to provide more dividends of democracy to our people. We are going to establish additional secondary school here in Mafa for our children to go to school, we are also going to train our youths across all wards of the local government, so that they will be engaged “.
As at the time of filing in this reports the ward congresses were going on simultaneously and peacefully in Biu and Hawul local government, as well as other wards across the state
APC Congress: Buni Calls For Peaceful Exercise, Warns Against Sabotage
APC Congress: Buni calls for peaceful exercise, warns against sabotage
By Fannami Modu, Damaturu
As the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, warms up for its ward Congress on Saturday, the Chairman Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and Yobe State Governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni has enjoined party stakeholders and members to conduct the exercise peacefully.
In a statement signed Friday night by his Director-General on media and publicity, Mamman Mohammed, Governor Buni called on officials conducting the Congress to be fair and objective to all candidates contesting the election.
“As stakeholders of the party, we have a great responsibility to make the ward Congress in all the participating states successful.
“We should endeavour to place the party and members interest above personal interests,” Buni charged.
The chairman warned that the party would not hesitate to take decisive measures against anyone who deliberately sabotaged the Congress.
“We have come a long way repositioning the party, we have reconciled many groups and individuals, we must not allow personal interests in this election to divide us and draw us back,” he advised.
He expressed the commitment of the committee to entrench internal democracy and respect for the People’s choice.
Governor Buni further said adequate arrangements had been made by the party to conduct successful and acceptable congresses across the country.
Party Congress,APC Stakeholders in Borno Adopts consensus Process
Party congress, APC stakeholders in Borno adopts consensus process
By, Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The stakeholders of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Borno state has adopted a concensus method in the forthcoming state congresses of the party, with option for the the stakeholders to adopt any process at the ward and local government congress.
Moving the motion for the adoption of the consensus approach, the state Deputy Governor, Hon Umar Kadafur said ” I hereby move the motion for the adoption of consensus method in our forthcoming party state Congress”
Seconding the motion, the former member House of representative, representing Hawul/Askira Federal constituency, Hon Abdu Msheliza said ” I Hon. Abdu Musa Msheliza seconded the motion for the adoption of consensus in our state party congress”.
Earlier addressing the party statutory congress, the Borno state Governor Prof. Baba gana Zulum said “we call you here in respect of our party congresses which is scheduled to come up this coming Saturday, 31 July 2021.. Our party constitution has allow us to adopt either consensus, indirect or direct congresses or primaries. So we are here to throw the issue to the congress for you to decide which method for us to adopt.”.
“We have seen a situation where election are being nullified because of irregularities in the process of party primaries and congresses. So we are here to adopt one of the options for our party congresses”, the governor added.
Throwing the motion to the party stakeholders, the party chairman, Hon Ali Dalori said ” those in support of the motion, should yea and those against should say neh” . The stakeholders unanimously agreed on the consensus congress, with no descending voice.
Speaking in an interview with journalists shortly after the stakeholders meeting, former Borno state Governor, Senator Kashim Shettima said ” the bedrock of the party is the constitution, the APC constitution has allow us to adopt a process through which the party structure emerges. The whole things is to arrived at transparent, equity and just congress that is acceptable to all.. we resolved as a patty as a family, as a clan and as a team to adopt consensus”.
” We have also urge our party leaders at the local government levels to adopt consensus but in case they opted to adopt ballot or any other .so be it, it is welcome. .so that all segment of our party should have a voice as enshrine in our party constitution” he added
Also speaking in an interview, the Senator Representing Borno South, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume said ” all those you see here are statutory delegates and they came across all the local government areas. It is a boton up decision, you were there it was a unanimous decision, there were no descending voice. Our party constitution has allow for 3 options, that consensus, indirect and direct process of primaries and congresses”
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