Borno elders led by the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, have made 10 requests from President Muhammadu Buhari to tackle the resurgence of Boko Haram in the state.
The delegation comprising the three senators of the state, Reps, APC governorship candidate, traditional and religious leaders, said the President should urgently act on the request to tackle the resurgence of insurgency in the state.
After speaking for about three minutes, Shettima appealed that the requests of the delegation should not be reported, thus journalists were excused. At the beginning of meeting Shettima wept while delivering his speech.
Shettima said “Mr President, Sir, we are here because we knew you would warmly welcome us without any suspicion or contempt.
“We knew you would listen to us with absolute sincerity and compassion. We are here because since 2015, Mr President, you were able to restore our hope.
“Sir, you have demonstrated empathy for Borno and the overriding commitment to ending the Boko Haram. This is why we rushed here on witnessing some setbacks.
“We are here because we trust that Allah will use you to fully reclaim Borno’s traditional glory of being the home of peace.
“Mr President, we are here as a people who worked, prayed and waited for your Presidency in the firm and undying believe that with you as the Commander-In-Chief, Boko Haram will become history in Borno.
“Mr President, we have not and insha Allah, we will not lose hope in you because as I said, we have witnessed and survived worst moments before you came. We do not feel hopeless. Our hopes are very much alive and they are very high.
“Your Excellency, we came with some observations and 10 specific requests for urgent presidential intervention.
“These observations and requests are products of discussions in the aftermath of our extraordinary security meeting held one week ago.
” We didn’t rush to come after the meeting. We felt the need to travel to northern Borno, interact with displaced persons and the military so as to strengthen public confidence, ” he said.