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Borno monarch laments losses to Boko Haram

17 March 2015, 21:51

Abuja - The Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, said the insurgency in the state had left about 2 million people internally displaced within Maiduguri, the state capital.

We have about 2 million IDPs (internally-displaced persons) in Maiduguri.Our people were displaced and their houses were burnt. They have been made to go through wanton destruction.

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Palaces were taken over by insurgents. We have five emirs residing in Maiduguri. Only two emirs still in their domains, the monarch said after receiving his permanent voters card (PVC) from Borno Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Samuel Madaki.

El-Kameni said he sought to correct the impression that the Boko Haram insurgency started in Borno State. The state has been the worst affected by the Boko Haram terror.

This problem was not initiated here but was brought to us from one of our sister states and gradually it has found its way into neighbouring countries. We have been made to live in fear.

We are encircled by insurgents and it is so sad that getting out of Maiduguri is difficult, you can hardly travel 10 kilometers from here without being attacked, he lamented.

He urged the electoral body to ensure that the IDPs within Maiduguri were not disenfranchised.

It is no fault of theirs that they had to flee their homelands. Everything must be done to ensure that they are allowed to vote during the forthcoming elections, he said.

- CAJ News


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