Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has claimed the Boko Haram insurgency has abated because of the leadership style of Governor, Babagana Zulum of Borno State.
Speaking in Bauchi on Sunday during a visit over the loss of his elder brother, Bappa, Governor Mohammed, eulogized Zulum for his leadership style which he said has restored peace to the troubled northeast state of Borno.
He said: “I’ve worked closely with you, you are a young man, the youngest but the oldest among us. No wonder you are our Chairman, North-East Governors’ Forum, where you look at all the developmental challenges of the northeast and indeed, the country.
“You have really shown pedigree and leadership. I didn’t know you were coming (to Bauchi). That is the leadership style you are showing in Borno and in Nigeria.
“The courage you have, we try to emulate a little. You dare all the miscreants and the charlatans that are bombarding us. Today, even Mr. President has the pride of being associated with you. You are the most visited person by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, that speaks volumes.
“Boko Haram has evaporated and we are trying very hard to make sure that we secure our jurisdiction after you have secured the centre of terrorism and violence.
“We are proud of you, we are proud to be associated with you. Yes, we are the headquarters of the northeast and not Borno, although you always dispute that. But certainly, we know we have given you the leadership.
“When I was contesting for the presidency, I made sure that the northeast had a say in the leadership of this country. I asked this gentleman, ‘are you running? If you are running, I don’t have to run, because I know that you will do it better than me and still, I have that respect for him. I have done my own, maybe he will come and follow after us.
“Today, we have a presidential candidate and a vice presidential candidate. He is one upcoming hero and a person we respect immensely as a zone and the country.”
Speaking earlier, governor Zulum, said he was in Bauchi to commiserate with the governor, his family and the entire state government over the unfortunate incident.
“On behalf of the government and the good people of Borno State as well as my family, I commiserate with you, I condole you over the demise of your elder brother.
“May the Almighty Allah in his infinite wisdom forgive and admit him in Jannatu Firdaus and may He give the governor, his entire family and the people of Bauchi state the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.