Naval Base Returned To Baga, Says Zulum

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Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum

 

The Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum has disclosed that the naval base has been returned to Baga.

He stated this at a media briefing on Friday after a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the statehouse.

According to him, he informed the President that the Chief of Naval Staff has ensured the return of the naval base to Baga last month, requesting additional support from the President to appropriately deal with the rising number of ISWAP members operating in the southern and northern part of the state.

It would be recalled that governor Zulum had in June urged the army to reopen the Baga naval base to secure farmers in the lake chad region.

His earlier appeal followed an attack of two naval bases in the northeast by Boko haram which overpowered and forced Nigerian troops to withdraw from the region in 2018.

He further maintained that in view of the relative peace experienced within the state, the President has assured to provide support towards ongoing efforts to return Internally Displaced Persons to their ancestral homes.

He added that the state has concluded arrangements to shut down all IDP camps within the Maiduguri metropolis by December 31st, 2021.

Governor Zulum also in August said that he has survived many attacks numbering over 40 by insurgents in the state.

“I was attacked more than 40, 50 times,” said the governor while responding to questions from the reporters. “I know the magnitude of this problem.”

He decried the impact of the over one decade-long insurgency which he said has gravely affected the livelihood of the people of the state.

“We have estimated a total number of over 50,000 orphans and widows; these are official figures, the unofficial figures are more than these, and we were able to cultivate not more than three per cent of our total arable land because of the insurgents.

“And right now, the whereabouts of not less than 10 per cent of the people of Borno State is not known to all of us – at all. This is a very serious matter,” Governor Zulum lamented.

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