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President Buhari visits Borno today, evaluates insecurity, launches projects



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President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to pay a one-day official visit to Borno State on Thursday to assess security challenges in the North-East and launch some projects in the state.

A statement by the Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum, on Wednesday entitled, ‘Thursday: Why Buhari deserves Borno’s rousing welcome,’ confirmed this.

The Governor, who declared that President Buhari was concerned about the philanthropic state and genuinely committed to finding peace in the distressed state, stated, “This is why he is visiting us on Thursday.”

Zulum said, “While I must admit that we still have security challenges, at the same time, if we cast our minds back to the realities before President Buhari’s coming, we would factually recall that many of our communities in northern, central and southern Borno were mostly no-go areas.

“President Buhari has regularly demonstrated deep compassion and love for Borno State.

“Not long ago, President Buhari gave approval for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to establish a power plant for us in Borno. This aims to address our electricity problems in Maiduguri and environs.

“President Buhari has also approved the take off of a Federal Polytechnic in Monguno. The President is also likely to approve a Federal College of Education for Borno.”

The Governor disclosed that one of the projects President Buhari was expected to launch was the first phase of 10,000 housing units for IDPs and refugees resettlement.