We must resist religious disharmony in Borno, Zulum charges citizens


Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno has felicitated with Christians in the state on this year’s Christmas celebrations, urging the faithful to shun religious disharmony.

Zulum’s message was contained in a statement issued on Monday morning by his spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau. 

He said, “I would like to felicitate with our Christian brothers and sisters in Borno State at the Christmas celebration. I would like us to also remember our history and how we have been tested by the challenges that confronted our state, especially since 2009.

“The security challenges we faced affected us as citizens, regardless of our faith. Boko Haram insurgents attacked dozens of mosques and churches as well as communities, killing Muslims and Christians at various times. They rendered many of our brothers and sisters homeless across the north, south and central parts of Borno State.

“As Governor, I have, on numerous occasions, paid humanitarian and reconstruction visits to diverse communities of all faiths in the south, north and central because the attacks by insurgents mostly did not take religion into account. Everyone who did not share the Boko Haram ideology was a target, regardless of whether the victim was Muslim or Christian.

“I have paid countless visits to communities in Chibok, Askira-Uba, Hawul, Biu, Gwoza, Monguno, Baga, Kala-Balge to mention but a few and at all times, my consideration has always been about critical humanitarian needs and not religion.

“We have worked hard to rebuild and resettle communities with the consideration of fairness to the most affected portions of our 27 local government areas.”

 The governor while urging conscientious unity and peace in the state among the citizenry, pledged not to be distracted but to remain fair with the guiding principle of considering the urgency of humanitarian needs as they affect communities in all our continued responses across the sdtate.