By Ed Malik, A | November 30, 2022
Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has described as despicable the attack on the campaign visit of former vice president Atiku Abubakar to Maiduguri, on November 9, 2022.
Zulum expressed the sentiments on Sunday when he inaugurated Borno State’s Campaign Council for the All Progressives Congress, APC, ahead of the 2023 general elections.
During the event held at the multipurpose hall of the Government House in Maiduguri, the governor reminded the Campaign Council of his prohibition of political thuggery of any form and strongly warned that he was vehemently opposed to the use of political thugs at any point, before, during or after any elections
Addressing the campaign council which was made up of APC’s critical stakeholders and top government officials, Governor Zulum emphasized that thuggery any guide is a redline, nothing that alleged attack on the the campaign visit of former vice president and Peoples Democratic Party presidential flagbearer for 2023 election, His Excellency Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to Maiduguri, on November 9, 2022, was not supported by his government.
“There have been recent disturbing and worrisome political developments in the State. I am specifically referring to the spate of violence and assault meted out to the PDP and its presidential candidate (Atiku Abubakar) when they came here (Maiduguri) for their campaign rally”, Zulum said.
“I want to put it on record that the assault was neither deliberate nor pre-planned. It was a spontaneous outburst by a coterie of some political party miscreants, cutting across all political parties”, he explained.
“Suffice it to point out that what happened was despicable and unwarranted and it strikes at the very essence of democracy, which thrives and matures amidst the plurality of political parties.”
“It has been posited time and again that any move against an opposition political party tends to raise the popularity of the opposition in the eyes of the electorate.”
“So, it is fruitless to even contemplate attacking the opposition. I have absolute confidence in the ability of security agencies investigating the matter to do justice, equity and fairness both to the victims and the culprit”, the governor declared.