Nigerien Governor Visits Borno, Pledges Support in Fight Against Boko Haram

The Governor of Diffa Province in the Republic of Niger, Alhaji Isa Lameen, on Friday, re-emphasised his commitment towards supporting the Borno State Government to end insurgency and restore normalcy.

Lameen, who led a high powered delegation to sympathise with Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno over the attack on his motorcade in Baga, said that the purpose of the visit was to encourage Gov. Zulum toward his peace restoration efforts in the state.

Governor Zulum’s motorcade was attacked by insurgents on July 29.

Lameen, who was accompanied by members of Diffa Parliament, and traditional rulers among other dignitaries, said “we have been following with keen attention, what you have been doing in Borno State. And we in Diffa, are in full support of your administration.”

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Lameen explained that Borno and Diffa share the same problem of insurgency and urged both states to work toward defeating the insurgents.

Responding, Gov. Zulum described the relationship between the two states as “very cordial”, noting the similarities in culture, religion and inter-marriages, and promised to maintain the relationship.

He also commended the Government of Niger Republic and that of Diffa for the continued support to the citizens of Borno who were taking refuge in the region.

Zulum added that “Insha Allah, both sides will discuss how they can return some of their people who are willing to come back home in a dignified manner.

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