From Shu’aibu Ibrahim, Gusau
Borno State governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum has said that about 100,000 people have gone missing as a result of years of insurgency despite relative peace enjoyed in the state.
Zulum made this known to journalists while paying condolence visit and commiserating with his Zamfara State counterpart, Alhaji Bello Muhammad (Matawallen Maradun) over the recent loss of lives and properties in Anka and Bukkuyum Local Government Areas of the state as a result of bandit attacks.
Governor Zulum added that the violence has resulted to more than 50,000 widows and 49,000 orphans.
“So I call on all citizens to stand up and support the government in various ways and as a whole, we will succeed,” he said.
Zullum added, while referring to Zamfara State governor: “You are my best friend, and I promise to continue to work with you to overcome the problems facing our states.”
Zulum called on the people of the states threatened by terrorists to stand up and support governments in ending the crisis, saying that governments alone could not end the crisis.
He announced the donation of N20-million assistance to the Zamfara State Government for the victims of militant attacks across the state.
Responding, Governor Matawalle commended Zulum for expressing concern over the happening in the state.
“Borno and Zamfara States have the same problem of terrorist attacks,” he said.
The governor said: “With this commitment and the prayers and support of our people, we will succeed.”
He said the state had lost lives and property with at least 25,000 orphans, 27,000 widows and more than 3,000 houses, adding that nearly 400,000 animals had been destroyed and stolen in the first eight years of the crisis.
Governor Matawalle prayed for God’s help in the two states and the country as a whole.