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The Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed has asserted that Boko Haram terrorists have now evaporated out of the North East because of the leadership style of the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum.
He stated this when Zulum paid him a visit at the Ramat House, Bauchi to commiserate with him over the loss of his elder brother, Bappa Mohammed.
Africa Daily News, New York gathered that the governor’s elder brother, who was also Yeriman Duguri, died a week ago at the age of 69 at a Turkish Hospital in Turkiye after a prolonged illness.
The deceased was a Deputy Director at the Central Bank of Nigeria before his retirement about ten years ago. He left behind a wife, five children, and two brothers namely: Adamu Mohammed, the Wakilin Bauchi, and Governor Bala Mohammed.
Governor Mohammed eulogized Zulum for his leadership style, which he said, restored peace to the troubled northeast state of Borno.
He said: ‘I’ve worked closely with you, you are a young man, the youngest but the oldest among us. No wonder you are our Chairman, North-East Governors’ Forum, where you look at all the developmental challenges of the north-east and indeed, the country.
‘You have really shown pedigree and leadership. I didn’t know you were coming (to Bauchi). That is the leadership style you are showing in Borno and in Nigeria.
‘The courage you have, we try to emulate a little. You dare all the miscreants and the charlatans that are bombarding us. Today, even Mr. President has the pride of being associated with you. You are the most visited person by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, that speaks volumes.
‘Boko Haram has evaporated and we are trying very hard to make sure that we secure our jurisdiction after you have secured where is the center of terrorism and violence.
‘We are proud of you, we are proud to be associated with you. Yes, we are the headquarters of the northeast and not Borno, although you always dispute that. But certainly, we know we have given you the leadership.
‘When I was contesting for the presidency, I made sure that the northeast had a say and made sure that the northeast had a say in the leadership of this country. I asked this gentleman, ‘are you running? If you are running, I don’t have to run, because I know that you will do it better than me and still, I have that respect for him. I have done my own, maybe he will come and follow after us.
‘Today, we have a presidential candidate and a vice presidential candidate. He is one upcoming hero and a person we respect immensely as a zone and the country.’
Sharing his views earlier, Zulum said he was in Bauchi to commiserate with the governor, his family and the entire state government over the unfortunate incident.