2019: Come Rain, Come Shine, Borno Belongs To Buhari - Commissioner
Ahead of the forthcoming 2019 presidential election, the Borno State Government has assured President Muhammadu Buhari of getting majority of the votes from the state.
The assurance was given by the state’s Commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Mohammad Bulama.
Bulama, who appeared as a guest on 'Bounce60 Minutes ' live interview on Tuesday, February 5th, said the President has demonstrated love for Borno and the people are duty bound to reciprocate the gesture by voting for him on February 16.
He revealed that since Buhari began his presidential sojourn in 2003, he has always won in the state.
He said the 2019 presidential election in the state will be an easy ride for the President considering all that he has done for the state.
He noted that citizens of the state will ever remain grateful to the President for dealing a fatal blow to the activities of Boko Haram terrorists.
“This time in 2015, about 17 local governments were under the control of Boko haram. But today, the state is free."
"There is no major political opposition in Borno State. So Buhari has our votes in Borno," he said.
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He also said the President deserves majority of the votes from the state for giving the state a pride of place in his administration, particularly in the appointment of indigenes of the state to key federal government positions.
Bulama listed some of the indigenes of the state occupying key positions in Buhari’s government to include: Abba Kyari, Buhari's Chief of Staff; Mohammed Monguno, National Security Adviser; Tukur Burutai, Chief of Army Staff and Mohammed Alkali; Managing Director of North-East Development Commission, amongst many other appointments.
Asked whether the President was not being biased against some regions in his appointment, Bulaha said those appointed from the state were eminently qualified for the positions.
He noted that because, the state was mostly affected by the Boko Haram crisis, the President in his wisdom felt people from the state should be appointed into key security positions.
He also assured that all Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in camps in the state would vote during the general elections, noting that the state is now safer compared to 2015.
He also denied claims that the Boko Haram insurgents were still holding some territories in the state.
According to him, the Nigerian military has been able to push the terrorists to the border between the country and Chad.
He also commended Governor Kashim Shettima for effectively rebuilding the state and taking care of those affected by insurgency.
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