The most widely admired serving governor in Nigeria, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, the Executive Governor of the State of Borno, has defied anxiety and intimidation caused by the attack by the terrorist group Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād, popularly referred as ‘Boko Haram’, to deliver and supervise sharing of food stuff to 80,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the various towns in Monguno Local Government, a popular area on the north eastern axis of the State closest to the Lake Chad. The governor’s entourage were attacked en route Baga, one of the border towns, in an incident that several of his team sustained injuries.
Governor Zulum had arrived Monguno on Monday for his trademark humanitarian tour and supervision of distribution of relief items to IDPs from Monguno town, Guzamala, Marte, Kukawa, and Ngazai. Thousands of bags of grains and kegs of cooking oil were distributed not only to the IDPs but also the very poor and vulnerable of the communities.
The distribution of the items was methodical, as the males or heads of the households were given bags of grains and kegs of cooking oil while the women were given ₦5000 each.
Before returning to the State capital, Maiduguri, Professor Zulum also inspected various ongoing projects in the Local Government Area, like the Islamic High Secondary School site; the 1000 Housing Units Project site, and the Monguno Mega Primary School site.
It should be of note that Professor Zulum also paid a visit to the soldiers, and officers of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, especially the Nasara Barracks in Monguno. During the visit, the Sector 3 Commander of the Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Brigadier General I. Garba, showered praise on the governor for his resilience and commitment.
Monguno is one of the most devastated places by the activities of the Boko Haram Terrorists. It has one of the highest number of displaced persons and the protracted confrontations between the Federal forces and the terrorists affected farming and general economic activities and means of livelihood.