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HUNGER IN IDPs: Zulum admits he’s overwhelmed, can’t do more

HUNGER IN IDPs: Zulum admits he’s overwhelmed, can’t do more

The Borno State governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, on Sunday, said his administration cannot do more than it is doing regarding distribution of food items to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and vulnerable residents.

Zulum stated this in Mafa while addressing a group of IDPs who complained they were not getting as much as they expected and threatened to return to the bush where Boko Haram terrorists camped.

The governor said: “Yesterday, I received a report that some IDPs in Dikwa protested that they will return to the bush because we could not provide food for them. This afternoon, others in Mafa have also done the same.

“In the last couple of years, we have consistently provided food for internally displaced and vulnerable people. Believe me, what we are doing is even beyond our capacity.

“In the last four years, the government of Borno state spent nothing less than N40 billon to provide food and non-food items to the people of the state.

“No government, be it state or federal, has the capacity to provide food for everyone and let me categorically state that I cannot do more than this.

“The hardship we are facing is not only in Borno state but all over Nigeria. There are economic crises in all parts of the world. No state in Nigeria is doing better in the distribution of palliative than Borno.”

 

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Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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