Addressing Root Cause of Boko Haram my Priority, Says Born Gov-elect

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Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum
By Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri

The governor-elect of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Umara, on Wednesday said the priority of his administration would be to address the root cause of Boko Haram insurgency.

He said it is only by doing this that the decade-old crisis would be finally put to rest.

Umara made the promise after he received his certificate of return in Maiduguri from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The governor-elected, who received the certificate of return with the deputy governor-elect, Usman Kadafur, and 28 newly elected members of the Borno State House of Assembly, said he would accord priority to the rehabilitation, reconstruction and resettlement (RRR) programmes to fast-track restoration of peace and resettlement of displaced communities.

He said his administration would initiate sound programmes to address the root cause of Boko Haram insurgency, providing job opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths, promote discipline and social rehabilitation.

He called for the support of the elected members of National and State House of Assembly to enable him put up effective leadership and move the state forward.

Presenting the certificate of return to the newly elected persons, AVM Ahmed Mu’azu (rtd), the INEC Federal Commissioner in charge of Borno, Adamawa and Taraba, assisted by the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mohammed Magaji, said the presentation of the certificate of return to elected political office holders was mandatory for the commission in line with section 75 of the Electoral Act.

Mu’azu called on the governor-elect and other elected representatives to deliver their campaign promises to the electorate and work for the development of the state and country at large.

Mu’azu also commended election workers, security agencies, political parties, observer groups and other stakeholders over the peaceful conduct of the election.