by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
About 100,000 persons have gone missing in Borno State as a result of years of insurgency, despite ‘relative peace’ enjoyed in the state.
The Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, disclosed this to newsmen, while paying condolence visit and commiserating with his Zamfara State counterpart, Alhaji Bello Muhammad (Matawallen Maradun) over the recent loss of lives and property in Anka and Bukkuyum local government areas of the state as a result of bandit attacks.
According to him, the violence has resulted to more than 50,000 widows and 49,000 orphans, and called on all citizens to stand up and support the government in various ways, saying, “As a whole, we will succeed.”
While referring to governor of Zamfara State, he said the governor is his best friend, and promised to continue to work with him to overcome the problems facing their states. He also called on the people of the states threatened by terrorists to stand up and support governments in ending the crisis, adding that governments alone cannot end the crisis.
He gave a donation of N20 million to assistance Zamfara State Government for the victims of militant attacks across the state.
While responding, Governor Matawalle commended Zulum for expressing concern over the happening in the state, while noting that, Borno and Zamfara States have the same problem of terrorist attacks.
He also remarked that, “This commitment and the prayers and support of our people, we will succeed. The state has lost lives and property with at least 25,000 orphans, 27,000 widows and more than 3,000 houses, and nearly 400,000 animals had been destroyed and stolen in the first eight years of the crisis. Governor Matawalle prayed for God’s help in the two states and the country as a whole.