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2023: Borno 90% safe for elections – Zulum

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The Borno State Governor Prof. Babagana Zulum says the state is 90% safe for elections to take place next month.

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Speaking with State House Correspondents on Friday, after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Zulum declared Borno State “secure and safe”.

The State has experienced several attacks by terrorists, spanning from 2013. In 2014, over 200 Chibok female students were abducted by Boko Haram.

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Asked what he was doing to assure those afraid to go collect their PVCs because of insecurity as they may not be able to use it during the election, Zulum said: “The people of Borno State voted during the 2015 election. They also voted during the 2019 election. Can you compare the security situation in 2019 and 2015 and now? The security situation has improved tremendously by over 90 percent so we don’t have any problems.

“Eligible voters can go and cast their votes on election day, Inshallah, in Borno State, we don’t have any problem.

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“We thank that there is great improvement in terms of security in Borno State. We are doing very well now, rehabilitation and resettlement are also going very well. We are looking forward to seeing how we can rehabilitate Maiduguri, Gamborun-Gala road and then Maiduguri-Banke road, with a view to opening up opportunities for the people to earn their means of livelihood.”

He added that, “Want to see how we can sustain what we are doing. So far so good, in terms of security, the Federal Government has done well, the military has also done very well. We are now looking into the possibility of rehabilitating the victims of the insurgency, a lot of them have surrendered.

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“The Federal Government is supporting our mission of rehabilitating. But most importantly, we are yet to complete our resettlement project and very soon we will resettle victims of Gudubali Local Government Area and also, we will resettle all our refugees that are living in the Republic of Niger and Chad and Cameroon. Mr. President has given approval to this effect and very soon we will complete the entire settlement.”

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