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Published On: Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

Group urges Borno residents to unite against Boko Haram

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From Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri

The people of troubled Borno state have been advised to come together in unity to fight the Boko Haram insurgency rather than dissipate energy on politics of self aggrandizement.

A group, the League of Borno Professionals, an association of Borno Indigenes in different sectors of the economy working to enhance the capacity of members to add value to the people of the troubled state made the call yesterday in Maiduguri.

The group in a statement signed by both president and vice-president of the group, Pindar Bitrus and Aisami Habib, said there is a plot by “some disgruntled elements in the state to cause disaffection within the All Peoples Congress (APC) and Borno state government through malicious publications.”

The statement, said this season of politicking needs all hands to be on deck to arrest the Boko Haram insurgency in the state or else the state would burn if caution is thrown to the wind.

It advised Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima not to allow himself to be distracted in the onerous task of rebuilding Borno by these ‘breadwinning adventurers and enemies of progress.

They said that despite the three year old insurgency challenge, the governor has upheld  the trust and confidence reposed in him by the electorate in 2011 through people  oriented projects in health, water supply, education and housing sectors, and “this is not the time to allow some self-seeking politicians make him (the governor) lose track.”

The group said: “We urge Borno people to continue to support the governor and the Nigerian army in the war against terrorism and disregard mischief makers bent on further aggravating the pathetic condition of our people.”

They noted that: “There is no better time than now for our people to unite in restoring the Home of Peace to its rightful place in the federation.

“We call on the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) to step up its efforts in cleansing its house of bad eggs as we would not hesitate to seek legal redress against any journalist who allows himself to be used by patrons of terrorists and failed politicians to cause disaffection in the state.

Freedom of speech and expression as guaranteed under a democratic set up is not a license to bring people into disrepute through malicious publications.” The group stated.

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