In a broadcast to citizens of the state, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state has the people to give president Muhammadu Buhari a rousing welcome while on a visit to the state tomorrow, Thursday, June 17.
The governor justified the visit and why the president should be welcomed with open arms.
“The President is coming to appraise security situation in the northeast, during which he will commission some of developmental projects executed by the state government.
The President will also commission the first phase of 10,000 houses which he generously approved and funded, for the resettlement of IDPs and refugees.
“I am glad to once again, confirm to you, that the Federal Government under President Buhari has completed 4,000 out of the 10,000 houses approved for our IDPs. Some of these houses are sited in Kaleri, Dalori and more locations.
“Fellow citizens, the 10,000 houses approved by Buhari is so far the largest Federal Government housing intervention, sited in one state.
Let me also add, that our ongoing housing resettlement is only made possible by the relative peace in most of our local government areas.
While I must admit that we still have security challenges, at the same time, if we cast our minds back to the realities before President Buhari’s coming, we would factually recall, that many of our communities in northern, central and southern Borno, were mostly, no-go-areas.
“The president is focused on our security situation.
President Buhari has regularly demonstrated deep compassion and love for Borno State.
Not long ago, President Buhari gave approval for the NNPC, to establish a power plant for us in Borno. This aims to address our electricity problems in Maiduguri and environs. This landmark project will insha’Allah, greatly impact on small, medium and large scale business to thrive. The project will improve our social conditions and communal security.
President Buhari has also approved the take off of a Federal Polytechnic in Monguno. The President is also likely to approve a Federal College of Education for Borno.
Fellow citizens, until Buhari gave us Polytechnic, Borno had since 1976, remained without a Federal Polytechnic a Federal College of Education, and this is whereas, most of Nigeria’s 36 states have these Federal Government institutions.
President Buhari has approved other different interventions for Borno State.
“President Buhari has since directed the Nigerian Customs, the Northeast Development Commission and the National Emergency Management Agency, to always support our IDPs with food intervention. A large amount of the food items we share to IDPs through Buhari’s intervention.
President Buhari is concerned about our humanitarian situation and he is sincerely committed to finding peace in Borno. This is why he is visiting us on Thursday.
“I most respectfully invite and urge all of us, to come out and honour a President, whose love for Borno has been so obvious.
I urge us to demonstrate Borno’s creed of hospitality.
Borno is known with the culture of dignity, the culture of respect and the culture of honoring our guests.
Let us once again, show the Borno in all of us, as we host our President.
Buhari dearly loves Borno and he does so, with purity of intention, with purity of love, purity of compassion, and the purity of hope for a safer and greater Borno State.
I thank you all, as I look forward to our communal hospitality, as we host our President on Thursday, insha’Allah.
(Being text of Governor Zulum’s four minute video address to Borno people ahead of Thursday’s presidential visit) —
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