Borno spends N600m monthly to feed people displaced by Boko Haram — Deputy Gov.

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Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima

Borno State government says it is expending over N600 million monthly on the feeding of those displaced by the activities of insurgency in 20 local government areas of the state.

The state Deputy Governor, Zannah Mustapha, made this known while speaking to newsmen in Yola, Adamawa State, on Saturday.

Mr. Mustapha said there were about two million internally displaced persons in Maiduguri.

“We have of recent also evacuated about 43,000 IDPs of Borno indigene from Adamawa to Maiduguri,” he said.
He explained that the government had commenced free food programme for both the IDPs in camps and those staying with relatives in the state.

Mr. Mustapha, who solicited for Federal Government’s assistance, said the state government was expending almost all its monthly allocation on IDPs.

Mr. Mustapha said 90 per cent of the people could not cultivate their farmland due to insecurity, a development, he explained, posed a serious threat to food security in the state.

“We are not finding things easy at all,” he said.

The deputy governor, who was in Yola to celebrate Christmas with the IDPs from Askira/Uba and Gwoza Local Government Areas of Borno State, who are now taking refuge in Adamawa, said he was happy with the condition in the camps.

He urged the Federal Government to intensify effort in liberating the areas still under the control of Boko Haram, adding that 2015 general election particularly those for the Presidency and Governors would be inconclusive if those areas were not recovered for the people to vote.

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  • Frank Bassey

    You have not started. If you tell yourself the truth, you cannot be exonerated from the coming of this evil wind which has never been witnessed in this country before.

  • Abidilagungun

    The Igbo are uncivilised. Chai. Our brother has gone mad again ooo

  • Mbe

    there we go again……………EFULEFU NNEWI and ABOBAKU of Lagos………………this guy acts like someone who was abused as a child or, might be, poverty showed him pepper along the way……

  • Fuzio

    They have made fresh deposits into his bank account.
    By the way, where is Anambra State located on the map of Nigeria, Joe?

  • Fuzio

    There is always an Ukpabi Asika in every generation of Igbos.

  • Victor

    You have not said anything Igbokwe. You are only a puppet and will remain so.

  • ucheyahct

    Mr. Igbokwe recognized that a YORUBA woman was killed in Abuja, according to him, though the Yorubas are speaking out they are not preaching hate, good for him , but when Igbo woman was killed and beheaded in market place in KANO, where was JOE IGBOKWE and which hell was let loose. If not registering frustration and anger over the gruesome murder of a 74 year grandmother and call for justice which is legitimate, what else did the Igbos do that is unlawful?. When men, women and children were murdered in cold blood in their sleep in Enugu State, Mr. Igbokwe what was your response. If IGBOS by speaking out against injustice meted out against them is uncivilized, then I don’t know what cowardice. playing Ostrich – like game and treachery is to you.

  • Edward

    Mr Joe Igbokwe, I am at difficulty understanding your argument. What’s wrong that an Igbo woman is murdered and the Igbos reacted peacefully by speaking out? Perhaps you will prefer we show love to the murderer so we can look like a better people in your own estimation? Mr Igbokwe, why not take this your message to Igbo land and visit communities to sensitize and convince them on the point you are trying to make. I don’t know if you have attended your town meetings in the recent time at Nnewi, where I believe will be your first starting point to pass your love message across before moving on to other towns if you think what you are saying holds any water. I don’t know why you are preaching against abusive use of language by the Igbos in the social media , but I do know that this same method was widely used to chase away the last government, why now are you against it, and by extension picking up the Igbos as the most people using it to vent their anger? Staying in the comfort of your Lagos state paid home to pass your message to the Igbos is not enough. If truly you are serious, my brother come home and meet us, so we can together start the huge work together. Staying put in Lagos and dishing your frustration about Igbos won’t do the magic. Please return home.

  • Chucks ijezie

    CAN THIS JOE IGBOKWE DO US A FAVOUR BY TELLING US WHO HE REALLY IS.AM TIRED OF PEOPLE ALWAYS COMING OUT AND CLAIMING TO BE AN IGBO MAN.IF YOU ARE AN IGBO MAN TELL US IN DETAILS WHERE YOU COME FROM.REVEAL YOUR REAL IDENTITY,IF YOU ARE AN HAUSA /FULANI MAN JUST BE BOLD ENOUGH TO LET US KNOW.WHAT IS THIS HATE SPEECH YOU KEPT TALKING ABOUT?CAN YOU EXPLAIN IT TO THE PUBLIC AND ALSO CLARIFY TO THE PUBLIC THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT IT.THE BIAFRA YOU TALKED ABOUT.YOU COULDN’T BE SINCERE TO YOURSELF TO EVEN SPEAK AGAINST THE SO MANY KILLINGS OF UNARMED CIVILIANS.WHY CAN’T YOUR SO CALLED APC GOVERNMENT CALL FOR A REFERENDUM TO DETERMINE IF THE MAJORITY OF THE BIAFRANS WANTS TO CEDE AWAY OR NOT?ASK YOUR SELF,THIS PEOPLE IN 1967 WANTED TO BE ON THEIR OWN BUT NIGERIA ATTACKED THEM AND FORCED THEM BACK INTO THE UNION.OVER 45 YEARS LATER,THE SAME PEOPLE STARTED AGAIN ON THE SAME ISSUE.WHY?IT CLEARLY SHOWS THAT THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG SOMEWHERE.MIND YOU,”A SOCIETY THAT CANNOT PROVIDE FOR THE SO MANY THAT ARE POOR,CAN NEVER PROTECT THE SO FEW THAT ARE RICH”.AGAIN WHEN EVERY BODY IS AGAINST YOU,IT EITHER YOU ARE TOTALLY WRONG OR COMPLETELY RIGHT SO WHICH ONE ARE YOU NOW?WE EQUALLY KNOW THAT NOT EVERY ONE THAT ANSWERED AN IGBO NAME IS AN IGBO MAN. IGBO KNOWS HER CHILDREN.WE ARE NOT SOUTH SUDAN AND CAN NEVER BE SUDAN.WHAT IS WRONG IN ASKING FOR OUR OWN NATION-BIAFRA?MUST WE ALL PERISH IN THIS ONE NIGERIA?YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED IN THE BLOOD OF IGBOS/BIAFRANS KILLED IN NIGERIA BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT YOUR PEOPLE.THE MORE YOU STAY OUT OF THIS IGBO/BIAFRAN ISSUE THE BETTER FOR YOU.

  • Patrick I. Ibegbu

    It’s fortunate that you identify with your ethnicity but shocking that your excellent piece paraded ignorance of igboness.

    I am not an apostle of Biafra today. But, the reason for that war-declaration has to be addressed for Nigeria to be whole.

    Did you know that Igbo never prepared for war. They fought that war to save sanity. Have you bothered into the aggressiveness bestowed upon Igbo due to hate. Have you struggled into wealth only to be asked to bequeath all to state just because you lost a war yet a breathe of “no victor, no vanquished” hung. Have you checked the trend of ruthless hate meted against the Igbo since Herbert Macaulay “handed” party leadership to Azikiwe. The pogrom of 1967-1970 was only the worst hate in print. Thereafter the hate has not abated. It only got cloned.

    It’s possible that NDA has selfish undertone. I lack facts. But, if reason has any place in discourse, there is need to engage them for true democracy to happen in Nigeria.

    The argument you have presented lack logic. To you, it is wisdom on parade.

    Until Aburi Accord of late 1960’s is exhumed and re-clothed into fiscal federalism, nationalism will remain academic in Nigeria.

    Use your high office. Get beyond self-acclaim and weave cohesion amongst Igbos into that dream tolerance and coexistence that will finally yield United Nigeria.

    Thanks