– Governor Zulum of Borno state has sought external aide from the Arab countries
– Zulum made the plea on Tuesday, January 5, while playing host to the Palestinian ambassador to Nigeria, Saleh Fheied Saleh, in Maiduguri
– The governor, however, said that the state has not been enjoying the support of the Arab countries in the fight against insurgency
Following the incessant killings orchestrated by the dreaded Boko Haram in the northeast, the Borno governor, Babagana Zulum, has declared that Arab countries have not given support to the state in the fight against insurgency.
TheCable reports that Borno and other parts of the northeast have been under attacks by insurgents in the last decade.
Legit.ng gathered that while receiving Saleh Fheied Saleh, Palestinian ambassador to Nigeria on Tuesday, January 5, the governor said despite sharing cultural and religious similarities with the Arab countries, only countries from the West have shown concern about the plight of the Borno people.
“I am a practical person. I work with the realities I see on ground. In the face of our challenges over the years, we have received humanitarian support from the UK and other parts of Europe, the United States, Canada, from Japan and a host of others who have demonstrated concern and have made efforts to support our traumatised citizens in many ways especially on food, medicals and livelihoods.”
Zulum said that the level of concern never came from Arab countries with whom millions of Borno people share the similarity in religion and culture.
Reacting to Zulum’s statement, the Palestinian ambassador informed Zulum of plans to support the Borno government in some areas of need.
He said many Nigerians are currently residing in Palestine, particularly Borno indigenes, adding that some of them have diligently served the government and people of Palestine.
Saleh added that among Borno people in Palestine, one Fatima Barnawi was once a minister and a police chief.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday, January 3, reacted to the latest round of attacks by militants in Zaroumdareye, a border town between Niger Republic and Mali.
It was reported that the president expressed shock that 70 innocent people were killed in a statement by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu.
Buhari was quoted as saying that the incident was another clarion call for united action against terrorism by African leaders.
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