By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday vowed never to abdicate its solidarity and obligations to continue to support the Governor of Borno State, Umara Zulum, who was attacked by the Boko Haram insurgents at the weekend.
Recall that the insurgents attacked Governor Zulum’s convoy on Saturday, an incident that left about eighteen persons dead, after an explosive devise was detonated by the insurgents to inflict the attack against the Governor’s convoy.
Reacting through a statement he issued yesterday, the chairman of the PGF, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, who is also the Governor of Kebbi state, said the PGF will also continue to support the security agencies in their efforts to route the Boko Haram insurgents from the country.
While commiserating with the people and government of Borno State, the PGF said “As Progressive Governors, we are saddened by this dastardly attack, which has resulted in the unfortunate death of precious lives of security personnel and innocent citizens.
“We commiserate with the people and government of Borno State over the unfortunate attack of Saturday, September 26, 2020 on two convoys along Maiduguri/ Baga Road of Borno State – one belonging to His Excellency Governor Babagana Umara Zulum and the second belonging to the Committee on Baga reconstruction.
“We join our brother, Governor Zulum, our leaders in Borno State and all Nigerians to pray for the repose of the souls of all those who lost their lives. In this painful period,
Nigerians should be strengthened by the determination of Governor Zulum to expedite peacebuilding process in Borno State and indeed the whole of North East.
“All Nigerians should rise in support of the laudable initiatives of Borno State Government to return citizens in the State back to normal life. We must rise in support of the people and government of Borno State to end all activities of Boko Haram insurgents, which promote trade and tax administration that fund their heinous activities.
“Clearly, the strategies and tactics currently adopted by Borno State and security agencies are very effective and the attack of Saturday, September 26, 2020 on the two convoys by the Boko Haram insurgents is to distract the government from ensuring that life return to normal in Borno State.
“While we commiserate with the Government and people of Borno State, we call on the Federal Government to immediately provide more logistical support to security agencies deployed to Borno state to ensure speedy return to normal life in Borno State and the whole of North East.
“We, on our part, shall continue to support our colleague, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum. We re-affirm our commitment to support our security agencies to end all activities of Boko Haram in all parts of Nigeria”, the PGF said in the statement signed by Abubakar Atiku Bagudu.