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With two council areas still under terrorists’ control, Gov. Zulum says peaceful election will hold in Borno

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With two local government areas in the beleaguered Borno State still under the control of insurgents, Gov. Babagana Zulum has assured voters of their safety during the February and March polls.

Persecondnews recalls the Speaker of Borno House of Assembly, Abdulkarim Lawan had on December 11, 2022 said two local government areas were under the control of terrorists.

He identified the council areas as Guzamala and Kukawa in Borno North.

“The security situation has improved tremendously by over 90 percent, so we don’t have any problem. Eligible voters can go and cast their votes on election day.

“Inshallah, in Borno State, we don’t have any problem,’’said the Professor of Soil and Water Engineering after visiting President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday at the Presidential Villa.

According to Zulum, compared to the security situation in 2015 and 2019 in the state, there great improvement.

On the efforts made so far to rid the state of Boko Haram insurgents, the Borno Chief Executive said: “Even in the developed world we still have some pockets of insecurity. But by and large, we have succeeded a lot. Over 90 percent of our security situation has been improved.’’

Also answering reporters’ question on preparation for his re-election bid amid a formidable opposition in the state, Zulum said:“It is impossible to question the destiny of God. Campaign is going on very well, Borno State is one big APC family.”

The governor appealed to the people to go to their wards to collect their PVCs to enable them to cast their votes in the forthcoming elections.

On refugees and internally displaced persons camps, he said the rehabilitation and resettlement were ongoing, adding that all refugees living in Republic of Niger and Chad and Cameroon would soon be resettled in the state.

“The Federal government is supporting our mission of rehabilitating. But most importantly, we are yet to complete our resettlement project and very soon we will resettle victims of Gudubali local government area.

“We will resettle all our refugees that are living Republic of Niger and Chad and Cameroon. Mr. President has given approval to this effect and very soon we will complete the entire settlement

“Resettlement is not something that is easy, it will take a long time. But the most important thing is that those that are very much in need to be resettled will be resettled.

“But most importantly we have closed down all official IDPs camps within Maiduguri Metropolitan Council and Gere local government area, as I said, last one year ago.

“For now, we don’t have any official IDP camp within Maiduguri Metropolitan Council; the unofficial camps will also be closed in the next few months,’’ Zulum told State House correspondents.

The governor also promised to rehabilitate Maiduguri-Gamborun-Gala road and Maiduguri-Banke road to create opportunities for the people to earn livelihoods.

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