John Austin Unachukwu
THE Nigerian Bar Association Maiduguri Branch has condemned the recent attack on Borno State Governor, Prof. Umara Zulum by insurgents at Baga.
It said the attack was calculated at stalling the return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their original homes.
It made the claim in a statement by the branch chairman A. M. Umate.
Umate said: “The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Maiduguri Branch condemns the recent attack on the entourage of the Borno State Governor; Prof Babagana Umara Zulum, by some suspected insurgents on September 25 and 27, 2020 while going and coming back from crises ravaged Baga Town, Kukawa Local Government Area, Borno State. This is not the first time the State Governor is being attacked by the suspected insurgents.
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“The Branch is not only touched but was shocked by these unfortunate actions towards the governor of the state and his entourage which tend to undermine the governor’s effort in returning the IDPs to their ancestral homes.
‘’We are also optimistic that nothing will distract or deter the State Governor’s commendable administration.’’
Umate said the branch’s collective resolution is that the Federal Government as the custodian of the security architectures as enshrined in Sections 214 to 217 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) should safeguard the life and property in Borno and the rest of the country.
He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to double efforts in the fight against the insurgency.
Umate added: “While the association expresses deep support and appreciation to the security apparatus who are toiling day and nights to end the insurgency; we call on them to change their strategy and be proactive in the fight. We equally sympathise with the families of those who paid the supreme price in protecting the country.”