GEJ Accuses Borno Governor Of Frustrating War Against B’Haram

Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, former Minister of Youth and Sports recently launched a book the Ex President Goodluck Jonathan refers to as a mere gossip that is full of lies.

The book, which is titled, “On a Platter of Gold — How Jonathan won and lost Nigeria,” was launched in Abuja on Thursday.

At the launch, Borno State Governor, Mr. Kashim Shettima, described the former President as a bad leader who made poor choices while in power.

But, Jonathan, in a statement signed by his media aide, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, in Abuja on Friday, described the governor’s claims as parochial and jaundiced.

The former President debunked the allegations of poor governance and highlighted what he described as his key achievements, which he said were yet to be matched by any other leader.

He further challenged the governor to come clean about the roles he allegedly played in the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls, stressing that it went beyond the dismissive claim that “Jonathan thought I kidnapped Chibok girls.”

Jonathan also accused the governor of frustrating the war against Boko Haram.

The statement read in part, “He [Shettima] should be able to tell us if it was Jonathan’s poor choices that led the governor to expose the students of the Government Girls’ Secondary School in Chibok to an avoidable danger, in total disregard of a Federal Government’s directive to the governors in the three states most affected by Boko Haram to relocate their students writing the West African Senior School Certificate Examination to safe zones.

“The governor is now denying that he had no hand in the kidnap of the Chibok girls even before anybody accused him of culpability. However, we share the view of those who insist that the governor had other things up his sleeve when he promised the West African Examinations Council that he would secure the girls and ended up doing the very opposite, by deliberately abandoning them to their fate, without any security presence in their school.”

The former President said that it was instructive that while other governors in the zone heeded the security advice, Shettima was the only one who “flagrantly” flouted it.

“Should we also fail to point out that his decision to reward the principal of Chibok Secondary School, who was uncharacteristically absent on the night the terrorists stormed the school, with the post of a commissioner, did throw up more questions than answers?” he asked.

He challenged the governor to explain to the people of Borno State and Nigerians what he did with the over N60bn Local Governments Fund, which he said were left by his predecessor, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.

The former President further described Abdullahi’s book as sour grapes — full of lies and gossip.

He said it was unfortunate that Shettima claimed at the presentation of the book that he [Jonathan] wasted the goodwill he commanded because of bad governance and poor choices in office.

The statement said, “As a man who had never seen anything good in the administration of Jonathan on account of party and other differences, it has remained our consistent view that in a democracy, Governor Kashim Shettima and others like him are entitled to their opinion, no matter how jaundiced.

“However, it is a sad commentary on the character of some of our politicians that they go to any length to make spurious statements in pursuit of the sad narrative to remain politically correct.

“We cannot be deceived by his crocodile tears and patronising claim that ‘Jonathan is essentially a decent man,’ which is a ploy he deployed to justify his false allegation of a lost glory.

“The man who today speaks of squandered goodwill should be able to tell Nigerians what percentage of the votes Jonathan got in 2011 from Borno State at the height of that his envisaged glory, according to Shettima, and what it became in subsequent elections.

“What was obvious yesterday and has remained today is that Governor Shettima and those who think like him never liked Jonathan based on some parochial and paternalistic sentiments.”

The statement further said that the Jonathan government assembled a “yet-to-be-matched crop of dynamic cabinet and economic management team made up of tested technocrats like Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (former Minister of Finance), Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman (former Minister of National Planning), Mr. Olusegun Aganga (former Minister of Trade and Investments) and Dr. Akinwumi Adesina (President of the African Development Bank and former Minister of Agriculture).

Buhari’s Return Will Boost War Against B’Haram

The governor of Borno State, Gov. Kashim Shettima has congratulated resident of North Eastern Nigeria, stating that the return of President Muhammadu Buhari’s return to Nigeria, after a medical vacation will be a big boost toward ending the Boko Haram terrorism in the troubled region.

Shettima said “The people of the North-East should be congratulated as the major beneficiaries of Buhari’s return because of his open love, empathy and keen interest in addressing the security challenges in the sub-region.

“Before the coming of Buhari in 2015, the North- East was the most marginalised in everything that had to do with the Federal Government,from the presence of Federal projects to representation at national levels.

“But he changed that soon after he assumed the mantle of leadership and made the region the bride of his administration, in terms of national representation. For this and other reasons, Buhari occupies a special place in the hearts and minds of all true sons and daughters of the six states that make up the North-East geo-political zone.

“We are grateful to God for returning him in good health.

“We pray that his health continues to grow from strength to strength, to enable him complete his noble mission to fully restore Nigeria to the path of recovery, sustainable progress and development.

“On behalf of the government and the good people of Borno, we are indeed most grateful to all good Nigerians for standing by Buhari.’’

Gov. Shettima: Boko Haram’s Attacks On NNPC, UNIMAID A Tragic Setback

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has described attacks by Boko Haram on geologists and exploration staff working for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the University of Maiduguri as a tragic setback in the fight against the Islamist terror group as well as in efforts to boost Nigeria’s economy.

Earlier today, Governor Shettima’s spokesman, Isa Gusau, issued a statement regarding the governor’s serious concerns about the attacks. The statement disclosed that the governor, who was on his way to visit ailing President Muhammadu Buhari in London, found the attacks shocking.

In the governor’s words, “I haven’t been my normal self since I received information on that attack. What happened in the first instance was a tragic setback in the fight against Boko Haram and in Nigeria’s effort to expand its economic fortunes. I am deeply pained by this incident especially coming at a time when we were beginning to pick up the pieces of our lives. Even though the attack should never have happened given the successes recorded by the military and multi-national joint forces since 2015, I still deem it necessary to commend the military for re-mobilizing and countering the initial gains of the insurgents.”

Governor Shettima said the government and people of Borno State wished to mourn and salute the soldiers and members of the civilian joint task force (JTF) who lost their lives in the recent attacks. He said he was awaiting a full report on how the insurgents ambushed security personnel as well as a counterattack by the military in order to ascertain the number and identity of victims.

The governor said he mourned any worker or support staff who died while “trying to contribute in boosting Nigeria’s economy through exploration activities in the Chad Basin.”

He promised that the state government would never forsake the survivors of those who lost their lives defending Borno State or in service to Nigeria. He added: “On our part, (and as can be corroborated by all security agencies, youth volunteers and hunters involved in the fight against Boko Haram) the Borno State Government has never lost focus in doing whatever is within its powers in supporting the Nigerian Armed Forces, in funding and equipping the Civil JTF and other volunteers, in mobilizing and passing on intelligence generated from communities and in regularly briefing all those concerned with the fight against Boko Haram.”

Governor Shettima both President Buhari and acting President Yemi Osinbajo had displayed “tremendous political will to end this carnage once and for all.” He assured the people of Borno State and other Nigerians that the state government remained committed to the fight against Boko Haram. He urged the military, volunteers, in the civilian JTF, vigilantes and hunters to consider what happened as a temporary setback, adding that they should strengthen their will and collective determination “to defeat the forces of evil.”

He said he was confident that Boko Haram would become history, “by the will of the Nigerian Armed Forces through the supreme help of God.”

 

Source: Sahara Reporters

Stop Stealing of Public Funds, Borno Gov, Shettima Tell Governors

Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno, has advised governors in the country to stop pilfering from the public treasury with the aim of accumulating wealth.

Instead, he urged them to focus on enhancing the well-being of the masses.

The governor gave the advice on Tuesday in Abuja at the 2017 graduation of Internally Displaced Girls under the Organisation of Female Students Scholarship Scheme.

The 73 graduating girls were sponsored by the Girl Child Concern (GCC), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), in collaboration with the Borno Government, and were selected in from secondary schools in five Northern states.

“The most important yard stick has to do with the quality of governance; there is more to leadership than primitive capital accumulation.

“No matter how much you accumulate beyond a certain point, it’s just a number,” the governor said.

He said that unless something was done fast to address the plight of the common man, “what awaits the country will be worse than the Boko Haram insurgency”.

According to him, this is violence that cannot be separated from poverty, and a hopeless, jobless, ill-educated and ill-paid young man is the most dangerous.

Shettima stated that it was the responsibility of governors to enthrone good governance by “wearing their thinking caps” and working for the people.

He, therefore, stressed the need for governors to create more jobs, invest in education and create work space and work stations for the next generation of youths.

He said that there was nothing special about oil as it would soon go into extinction, noting that human resources was the most important and should be developed.

The governor, however, said that there was need for Nigerians to unite to fight the country´s common challenges.

He noted that women and children bore the brunt of insurgency, adding that the Boko Haram sect had so far created 54,911 widows and 52,311 orphans in the state.

This, he said, was according to World Bank, European Union and the Presidency’s official figures.

“These are official figures, probably the unofficial figure may be twice this number.

“The truth is that we either take care of these orphans or 10 years to fifteen years from now, they will be the monsters that will drive us out of this land,” he said.

According to the governor, some elite and political bigwigs are already afraid of visiting rural areas to meet with common men for fear of being molested.

He added that there was presently a palpable content against the elite glaring on the faces of most common men.

He decried the state of public schools in the country, particularly in the North, saying that security and feeding in most of the schools was nothing to write home about.

Shettima stressed that unless the country´s leadership began to think toward improving the lot of the common man and working for the people, the situation would deteriorate.

Earlier, Dr Mairo Mandara, Executive Director of the GCC, said the girls were another success story of the country´s fight against insurgency.

This, she said, was so because the girls dared where others failed and got what others were abducted for.

Mandara described the girls as “a cohort of brave, fearless, active and informed girl mentors” empowered with life skills who would encourage others to remain in school.

She added that the centre had concluded plans to establish a Girls´ Academy in Borno with learning activities taking off in September, 2017.

Mandara said that GCC was also setting up a skills acquisition centre for teaching construction skills in collaboration with King Muhammad VI of Morocco.

She said that Borno Government had already provided a land for the project, adding that discussions for the setting up of the centre had reached advanced stage.

Most of the girls who spoke to NAN expressed happiness on their freedom and graduation and prayed to God to bless the GCC and Borno Government.

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Chibok Girl Found, Says Six Of Them Are Dead

One of the missing schoolgirls abducted by the fighters of the Boko Haram Islamic sect from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, on April 14, 2014, Amina Ali Nkeki, has been found, the Nigerian Army has said.

Activists also told the BBC that Amina was found by a vigilante group on Tuesday in Sambisa Forest, close to the border with Cameroon.

Amina was reportedly recognised by a civilian fighter. She told her rescuers that six of her abducted colleagues had died while others were being held in Sambisa Forest by their abductors.

The fighter belonged to the Civilian Joint Task Force, a vigilante group set up to help fight Boko Haram.

Aboku Gaji, leader of the vigilante group in Chibok, said, “The moment this girl was discovered by our vigilantes, she was brought to my house. I instantly recognised her, and insisted we should take her to her parents.

“When we arrived at the house… I asked the mother to come and identify someone. The moment she saw her, she shouted her name: ‘Amina, Amina!’ She gave her the biggest hug ever, as if they were going to roll on the ground, we had to stabilise them.

“The mother called the attention of other relations to come out and see what is happening. The girl started comforting the mother, saying: ‘Please Mum, take it easy, relax. I never thought I would ever see you again, wipe your tears. God has made it possible for us to see each other again.’

“Afterwards, we had to make them understand that the girl would not be left in their care. She must be handed over to the authority.”

Hosea Abana Tsambido, the Chibok community in the capital, Abuja, told the BBC that Amina had been found after venturing into the forest to search for firewood.

“She was saying… all the Chibok girls are still there in the Sambisa except six of them that have already died.”

The Nigerian military said she was from the town of Mbalala, south of Chibok, from where 25 of the kidnapped girls came.

Amina was later moved to Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria’s Borno State.

Before their arrival in Maiduguri, the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, who was apparently delighted about the news, told the visiting United Nations Under- Secretary on Humanitarian Affairs, Mr. Stephen O’ Brien, that the freed girl might give information that could lead to the rescue of other abducted girls and perhaps to the hideouts of the insurgents.

The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. Victor Ezugwu, who brought the girl to Shettima, told the media that the governor had promised to present the freed girl to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The governor said as a sign of honour, he would take the girl to Mr. President on Thursday (today).

The girl was not allowed to have a chat with the media as she was led to meet with the governor by military personnel.

Shortly after presenting the girl to the governor, Ezugwu told journalists that Shettima would hand her over to President Muhammadu who would in turn present her to the nation.

“I want to further confirm to you that, we have found one of the Chibok girls but we plead for your understanding on this issue, we need to give her time to rest as you can see she is traumatised and nursing a baby.

“The governor has told us that he did not want to take credit for this and will hand over the girl to Mr. President who will in turn unveil her to the nation,” Ezugwu said.

As of the time of going to the press last night, the governor and the freed girl had not emerged to address the media.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, who had earlier confirmed Amina’s rescue in a statement on Wednesday, added that a suspected Boko Haram suspect, Mohammed Hayatu, who claimed to be the ‘husband’ of the girl had been arrested by the troops.

Usman, who had earlier given the name of the rescued girl as Fatmata Mbalala, said her name was Amina Ali.

He said that the troops of the 25 Task Force Brigade rescued the girl and arrested the terror suspect who claimed to be her ‘husband’ during what he described as a booking operation at Baale, near Damboa, Borno State.

He said that investigation conducted by the Army showed that the girl was one of the 219 girls abducted from GSS, Chibok

Usman said that the girl was rescued with her one-year old child, named Safiya.

He added that the girl, her ‘husband’ and the child had been taken to Maiduguri for medical screening.

“Please recall that we informed you that one of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls has been rescued earlier today and promised to give further details.

“Further to that, in continuation of Operation Crackdown, troops of 25 Brigade Damboa in conjunction with the Civilian JTF deployed in one of the blocking positions at Baale, near Damboa rescued one Miss Amina Ali and a suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Mohammed Hayatu, who claimed to be her husband.

“Both were brought to the Headquarters of 25 Task Force Brigade Damboa at about 2.30pm today (Wednesday).

“Preliminary investigation shows that she is indeed one of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on April 14, 2014 in Chibok and her name is Amina Ali as against Falmata Mbalala that was earlier stated.

Meanwhile, the BringBackOurGirls movement on Wednesday in Abuja confirmed that the found girl is one of the over 276 schoolgirls kidnapped in Chibok.

A statement by the spokesperson for the #BringBackOurGirls#, Sesugh Akume, gave her name as Amina Ali Darsha Nkeki from Mbalala.

Akume said the girl had provided useful information that her other classmates were still being held by terrorists in Sambisa Forest.

Reacting, a civil rights organisation, ActionAid Nigeria, on Wednesday said the discovery of Amina was an indication that the 218 others would also be found.

Northern Governors Condemn Herdsmen Attacks, But Defend Fulani

Governors of 19 Northern States have risen from their meeting in Kaduna Friday, condemning labelling perpetrators of crimes around the country as Fulani people.

The Governors who met behind closed doors said, as much as they condemn the recent attacks in Enugu and other parts of the country, they condemned labelling the criminals as Fulani people.

Briefing newsmen shortly after the meeting at the Kaduna Government House Friday evening, Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) and Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima said, it is an insult to label criminals as Fulani.

According to him, “We want to unequivocally condemn the recent killings in Enugu and other parts of the country. But we equally condemn the politicisation or permit me, the ‘ethinicisation’ of the whole crisis. It goes beyond Fulani. If anything happens, they say Fulani herdsmen; to me it is an insult.

“Kidnapping in this country originated in the South-east, were they called Igbo kidnappers? We have a great national challenge and we want to call on all and sundry to come and let us solve our common challenges as a people. Because the blood of paternity that binds us together supersedes whatever differences that might divide us,” he stressed.

While he condemned the Agatu killings, the NSGF Chairman, charged the media to avoid sensationalism and harp on issues that bind the country Nigerians together.

On the legacies of the Premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Governor Shettima said they were doing everything possible to revive the New Nigerian Newspapers and Arewa Textile Limited.

Earlier, in his opening remarks, the NSGF Chairman confirmed that Boko Haram insurgents that have been terrorising the North-east in the last five years have been degraded.

He was however quick to note that, there are still pockets of bombings in the North-east which has been ravaged by the insurgency for more than five years.

The Governor also disclosed that, following their recent visit to the Islamic Development Bank, the bank has resolved to rebuild Northern Nigeria.

With this development, the Governor is calling for the rebuild of destroyed communities as well as total rehabilitation of affected persons who are currently seeking refuge at different camps across the country.

According to him, “in respect of the insurgency in the North-east, I can confidently confirm that the insurgency has been irredeemably halted and the insurgents themselves completely subdued.

“What remains now are few isolated pockets of suicide bombings which the recalcitrant remnants of the insurgents use as a last resort to attract attention and create unnecessary panic among the general population,” he stressed.

According to him, the meeting would also discussed extensively with a view to preferring solutions to grey areas the region is currently faced with which he said include insurgency, cattle rustling, clashes between farmers and cattle rearers, intermittent incidents of banditry and kidnapping as well as issue of New Nigerian Newspapers.

The Forum’s Chairman further added that the meeting will assess progress made by some committees set up in their September 2015 meeting with responsibility of coming up with workable recommendations.

“In the North West and North Central, the security situation is alarming as the issues of cattle rustling, kidnapping, banditry and the persistent conflict between farmers and cattle rearers are gradually assuming unacceptable proportions.

“It has therefore become a strategic imperative for us to take a hard look at these formidable challenges and work out strategies on the most effective ways of not only reversing the trend but also overcoming them once and for all. Whatever resolutions we can come up with would be communicated to the appropriate authorities for obvious analytical examination and possible implementation,” he added.

He then thanked President Buhari, gallant Military and other security agencies for fulfilling promise to bring the insurgency to a complete halt.

“This undoubtedly entails the reconstruction and rehabilitation of public institutions and structures such as Local Government Secretariats, Police Stations, Prisons, Hospitals and Clinics as well as schools, all of which were either partially or completely destroyed by the insurgents,” he said.

On the Islamic Development Bank’s plan, Governor Shetima said, “in our determined efforts to address these challenges in collaborative partnership with the Islamic Development Bank. You may recall that consequent upon a deliberate resolution of the Forum, I had the privilege to lead a top level delegation to the Headquarters of the Islamic Development Bank in Jedda Saudi Arabia, for special consultations with the management of the Bank on possible ways of attracting their assistance in addressing some of the core challenges we, as a region, are facing.

“The delegation included Their Excellencies the Executive Governors of Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano and Nasarawa States as well as top officials of the NNDC, some professional consultants and other relevant stakeholders and senior officials. In reaction to our various presentations, the Bank’s President, Dr Mohammed Ali had given us a strong indication of the IDB’s declared intention to initiate a comprehensive and constructive plan for the reconstruction of the Northern Region.

“This, according to him, entails possible intervention of the Bank in human capital development, Agriculture, poverty alleviation and improvement of infrastructural facilities, among others. The Consultant’s Committee was formed to specifically articulate our priority needs in a manner that could easily facilitate the intervention of the Bank in an all-encompassing and implementable way and present them to the IDB.

“I wish to reiterate here that in seeking the intervention of the Bank, we have not violated any law of the land. As I had indicated in another forum, we knew our statutory obligations at every stage of the process; which was why we had in our delegation a senior official of the Federal Ministry of Finance, who is in charge of the IDB desk, to monitor the proceedings and guide us, if need be, to ensure that everything was done in accordance with the statutory requirements guiding foreign assistance,” he said.

Borno Now Free Of Boko Haram – Gov Shettima

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State says Boko Haram has been decimated since President Muhammadu Buhari took office.

Noting, however, that the war against the sect is still on, he declared that “Borno is now free.”

He spoke yesterday during his visit to the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Muhammad Sidi, in Abuja.

“10 months ago, one could not travel for 10 kilometres without encountering terrorists; Maiduguri was the only relatively safe haven,” he said.

“Yes, we still have occasional hiccups, but Boko Haram has been so decimated that they can no longer threaten the corporate existence of Nigeria.”

Shettima noted that peace was gradually returning to the state, expressing optimism that by year-end, all Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, would have returned to their homes.

Speaking, Sidi commended the governor for reconstructing liberated areas, urging him not to be deterred by occasional and isolated terrorist attacks on soft targets.

World Bank Votes $800m For North-East Rebuilding

The World Bank has earmarked $800 million to support the rebuilding of the infrastructure destroyed in the North East by the Boko Haram insurgency.

The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Fatma Samoura, made the disclosure on Thursday in Maiduguri during a courtesy visit to Gov Kashim Shettima.

Samoura, who is also a UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, said the UN was scaling up its presence in Borno and other North Eastern states ravaged by the insurgency.

“Yesterday, we had a long discussion with the World Bank team that came from Washington to attend the workshop.

“The workshop is for validating the year findings of the recovery and peace-building assessment.

“They have promised to leverage 800 million dollars for the North East to response to recovery, rehabilitation, de-mining, waste management and debris processing for the North East of Nigeria,’’ she said.

The UN representative regretted that the UN was having challenges in mobilising resources for Nigeria in view of the humanitarian crises in other parts of the world.

“As we all know, the Syrian crisis that is affecting Europe is also taking a heavy toll in terms of funding from our traditional donors.

“We are trying our best to ensure that our advocacy and our communication strategy are up to the level where we will be receiving more attention from the donor community.

“The humanitarian response plan, as we speak, is just 10 per cent funded, meaning we have only received 24 million dollars.

“This is out of 248 million dollars budgeted for the North East of Nigeria for 2016,” she said.

Samoura, however, pledged that the UN would continue to complement the World Bank and the EU supports to address the root causes of poverty and exclusion in the North East.

“The UN will be on your side in order to address the humanitarian situation.

“The UN will also support the Borno Government in its work on recovery and rehabilitation for the safe return of the IDPs back to their areas of origin,” she said.

Samoura said her visit to Maiduguri was to demonstrate the sympathy of the UN to the appalling situation of the 1.8 million people who have been displaced by insurgency.

She commended the strong leadership and commitment of the governor to finding sustainable solutions to safe and voluntary return of the IDPs to their places of origin.

Responding, Gov Shettima commended the UN for standing by the government and people of Borno in identifying the root causes and also finding lasting solutions to the insurgency.

Shettima, however, described that the $800 million pledge by the World Bank as grossly inadequate in view of the enormous challenges left behind by the insurgency.

“It is in the interest of humanity to rally round Nigeria over Boko Haram. The developed world gave Turkey two billion dollars to resettle refugees from Syria.

“There are about two million IDPs from Borno and 20 Local Government Areas were overran by Boko Haram and there is food crisis now in the state,” he said.

He, however, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his support to Borno and victims of insurgency.

Boko Haram Caused Damage Worth $5.9bn In Borno – World Bank

The World Bank has put the cost of the large-scale destruction caused by Boko Haram insurgency in Borno State at $5.9 billion, with an estimation of 20, 000 people killed.

The report is a part of the Bank’s Post-Insurgency Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessment, an intervention programme involving the World Bank, European Union and the UN with six northeastern states.

Assessments in each of the states were carried out in areas including education, healthcare, water, sanitation, housing, municipal buildings, energy, environment, transport, economy and business.

It is unclear how much the World Bank and others are unwilling to commit to the rebuilding of the state and other parts of the northeast ravaged by the insurgency.

In a recent interview with the Guardian on the opening day of the 11th edition of the Economist Summit at the Intercontinental Hotel in Lagos, Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima said he was not aware of the actual size of the funds that would be entrusted into rebuilding the region, but with the commitment of President Buhari to the process, he was certain the results of the process would start manifesting soon.

“I don’t know the actual quantum of funds that would come our way, but we are very certain that with the commitment of President Buhari towards the rebuilding of the North East, in the next couple of months, we will start seeing the results,” he said.
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An AFP reports says the majority of the more than 2 million internally displaced persons came from the state.

In the 27 local government districts that make up Borno, the fighting destroyed or damaged:

– 956,453 (nearly 30 percent) out of 3,232,308 private houses

– 5,335 classrooms and school buildings in 512 primary, 38 secondary and two tertiary institutions

– 1,205 municipal, local government or ministry buildings

– 76 police stations

– 35 electricity offices

– 14 prison buildings

– 201 health centres

– 1,630 water sources

– 726 power substations and distribution lines.

In some areas such as Bama, the destruction has been near-total, with only 20 percent of houses unscathed.

The report also estimated parks, game, forest and grazing reserves, orchards, river basins and lakes have been poisoned in 16 of the 27 areas, and 470,000 livestock killed or stolen.

The source close to the Borno state government said the report has yet to be approved by the bank and a decision was expected soon on funding.

But given the cost of the damage — about $5.9 billion — and Nigeria’s struggling economy caused by the global oil shock, matching external funding for reconstruction could be problematic, the source added.

The World Bank in Nigeria declined to comment.