I’ll Address Root Cause of Boko Haram, Borno Gov-elect Assures

Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum

Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri

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

Umaru made the promise yesterday in Maiduguri shortly after receiving his certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), saying “it is only by doing this that the decade old crisis would be finally put to rest.”

Umaruwho received the certificate of return with the deputy governor-elect, Usman Kadafur and the 28 newly elected members of the Borno State House of Assembly, said he would accord priority to his “Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Resettlement (RRR) programmes to fast track restoration of peace and resettlement of displaced communities in the state.

He said his administration would initiate sound programmes to address the root cause of Boko Haram insurgency, providing job opportunities to the teeming unemployed youth, 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

In his remarks at the event, the INEC National Commissioner in charge of Borno, Adamawa and Taraba States, Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Mu’azu (Rtd) who was assisted by the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mohammed Magaji, said the presentation of certificate of return to elected political office holders was mandatory on 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 all the electoral officials, security agents, political parties, observer groups and other stakeholders over the peaceful conduct of the election.