Governor Babagana Umara Zulum has felicitated with christians in Borno state and other parts of the country at easter.
In a statement by his spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau on Saturday, Governor Zulum used the season to warn, that notwithstanding the global focus on Covid-19 pandemic, Nigeria and the international community must never lose sight of the Boko Haram insurgency, which the Governor sees as an older coronavirus he labelled “Covid-2009”.
“Borno state government will remain relentless in fighting this dangerous and highly contagious disease through strict preventive and responsive measures. In the midst of the fight against Covid-19 however, there is the risk of stakeholders in Nigeria and the international community, losing focus on the fight against Boko Haram, which to us in Nigeria, is an older ‘Covid-2009-coronavirus‘. Although the Boko Haram, under its initial identity as Taliban, launched its first attack back in October 2003 around Yobe state, the group gained notoriety in July 2009 and since then, no one knows the exact thousands of persons killed by this dangerous ’Covid-2009”, he said.
Governor Zulum also said that Boko Haram was equally contagious through the spread of violent ideologies and links with terror groups around the world. He said that it was also contagious by creating permanent fear and agonies for millions of people.
“We cannot afford to be distracted. We must be simultaneous and consistent in applying and sustaining tough measures against Covid-19 and ‘Covid-2009’. With their proven evil mindset, Boko Haram insurgents would expect us to be carried away with Covid-19, so they can exploit the situation to make Covid-2009 worse than it already is. We must never let this happen” Zulum said.