President Muhammadu Buhari met with Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State
Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday, 30 December, 2020.
This was revealed by the President’s aide, Lauretta Onochie, who shared photos of the meeting on Twitter.
“President Muhammadu Buhari receives in audience Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, at the State House on 30th Dec 2020,” Onochie tweeted.
Although the details of the meeting have not been revealed, they may not be unrelated to the security situation in the Northeast.
It was reported earlier that Governor Zulum expressed his disappointment at the Nigerian army’s failure to secure a section of the Maiduguri-Damaturu-Kano road.
He said, “I have had occasions to defend the Nigerian military in order to boost the morale of commanders and their troops at the front lines because I know the true picture of things. However, I am really disappointed that despite all support from both the Federal Government and from us in Borno State, our military is failing to secure an area of 20 kilometres, which is the distance between Auno and Jakana. And incidentally, majority of Boko Haram’s attacks along this Maiduguri-Damaturu-Kano road keeps happening between Auno and Jakana.”
Zulum also berated the Rapid Response Squad for failing to have a presence on the road.
He said, “We drove from Maiduguri to here, Jakana. We did not see soldiers on the road, we did not see even our own Rapid Response Squad on this road and they were trained, employed, kitted and paid to protect all Nigerians within their areas of operation and these Nigerians include travellers plying this busy and important road.”