Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State has charged the supporters of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state to eschew violence and play politics according to the rules.
The governor stated this on Monday during the flag-off of the the state’s gubernatorial campaign rally at Ramat Square in Maiduguri.
In his words, “Yes, we have differences in political affiliation, we are all together and all people of Borno State.
We cannot afford to create permanent enmity among ourselves for the sake of temporary offices, political positions and the life itself, are opportunities we must all forfeit some days. We must therefore respect our shared human values.”
Zulum also noted that his administration embarked on the fight against thuggery to ensure decorum in the political system of the state.
“We are also fighting thuggery and street begging through outright prohibition, social reforms, social protection and job creation,” he said.
Speaking on his achivement as the executive governor of the state, Zulum said through the cooperation of APC supporters and people in the state, he was able to deliver numerous capital projects for the development of the state.
“We delivered 120 capital projects in our first 100 days, 326 capital projects in our first year, 556 projects in our second year and over 600 cluster projects in our third year.”
“However, for me, our greatest achievement as an administration is the fact that today, by Allah’s grace, Borno is tremendously gaining peace and security,” he said.
According to the governor, before the end of January 2023, his administration will make available its continuity plan for another four years of working toward Borno Accelerated Recovery Growth and Development.
“InSha’Allah, we plan to spread our developmental projects to all the three geopolitical zones on fair and equal distribution.”
“There are areas we couldn’t do much in the first term, but will be addressed in the second term.”
“We plan to sustain and improve our focus on reconstruction and resettlement, on healthcare, water supply, western and Islamic education, agriculture, road infrastructure and above all security of life and property.”
“I remind the people of Borno State and urge you in the APC to remember that we all go to work but our strength lies with our unity, and by unity I mean unity of purpose. We should work and ensure that we sweep all the political offices from president to members of state assembly, we cannot afford to lose a single ward,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the former governor of Borno, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, described governor Zulum as an exceptional achiever, saying his three years performance had superseded what 5 of them achieved during their tenure in office.
He said, “His performance has superseded that of five of us: Marina Maaji Lawan l, Mala Kachalla, myself and the vice presidential candidate, Sen Kashim Shettima.”
“For that reason, I will personally go round the 27 LGAs to campaign for him to return,” he noted