Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has dismissed a report on the appointment of a governor over some territories in his area by Boko Haram and Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP).
Final week, movies of the alleged appointment of a Boko Haram governor went viral on social media.
The interim council of the terrorist sect was mentioned to have named one Abba Kaka governor of some territories in Borno.
However talking with State Home correspondents after a closed door assembly with President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, the governor mentioned the declare lacks substance.
He careworn that “he’s totally answerable for the state.”
Zulum mentioned his administration was not investigating the problem.
“We’re but to validate the authenticity of this report that ISWAP appointed governor in Borno state. So, because the governor of the state, I believe it is not proper for me to talk on one thing that I haven’t got full data of.”
Requested whether or not he would examine, Governor Zulum mentioned no, blaming the report on the social media.
He added: “Not investigating. This report just isn’t genuine. You could have simply seen anyone writing one thing on social media… I believe on Fb… You are a journalist, I believe now we have to show stories past cheap doubts, earlier than commenting on such stories.
“So far as I am involved. I am the governor of Borno State and I haven’t got any info that now we have one other authorities within the Nigerian state. Sure. And I am very a lot in cost.”
The governor mentioned he was on the presidential villa to hunt the president’s help to repatriate the over 200,000 Borno indigenes who fled to Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic because of insurgency.
He careworn that he must deliver them again as a result of the safety state of affairs within the state has improved.
He mentioned: “Now that now we have began witnessing gradual return of peace to Borno State, these folks which might be taking refuge in our neighbouring international locations are prepared to return dwelling.
“Due to this fact, Borno State authorities picked a date of twenty seventh of November 2021 for the graduation of the repatriation course of, particularly to native authorities areas of Abadam and Guzamala.
“So, I got here to temporary Mr. President, to solicit his assist, with the view to making sure hitch-free repatriation train.”
The governor, nevertheless, declined to position a determine on what it would take to implement the repatriation, saying: “I can not quantify, however I believe the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs with its companies; NEMA, the Refugee Fee and certainly the Northeast Growth Fee, lastly the Borno State authorities, have the capability to shoulder the duty of the repatriation train.”
Governor Zulum, whereas talking on the destiny of the Internally Displaced Individuals (IDPs) nonetheless in camps within the state, mentioned authorities was additionally engaged on returning them to their communities.
“On the problem of internally displaced individuals, sure the IDP camps aren’t palatable, that’s the reason the federal government of Borno state and certainly the federal authorities, are exploiting the potentials of resettling them again to their very own communities or relocating them to areas which might be protected,” he mentioned.