By Francis Okoye, Maiduguri
Non- indigenes resident in Borno have lauded the State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum for providing free transport for them to go and celebrate Christmas and new year with their loved ones, as well as donation of cash to widows for the Christmas celebration.
Over 645 persons from 10 communities comprising the Igbo, yoruba, Hausa, Tiv, Tangele, Ngas, Eggon , Igala, Ibra and Niger Delta Peoples Forum benefitted from the Zulum’s Christmas free transport scheme.
Speaking on Friday in Maiduguri, the Zonal Coordinator of Ohanaeze APC Support Group, Chief Emmanuel Ugochukwu Egwudike (Go-Easy), said the Governor’s gesture is coming at a time when many had lost hope of travelling to celebrate the Christmas with their loved ones due economic realities facing the State and the country at large.
Chief Egwudike who is also the zonal Coordinator Northeast of Omaluegwuoku , a support group promoting the election of the All Progressives Congress ( APC ) presidential Candidate in the 2023 presidential election, Sen. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his Vice presidential running mate , Sen. Kashim Shettima, assured that the votes of all non-indigenous ethnic groups in the state will go for Zulum and other APC candidates to the upcoming election.
He noted that since the assumption of office of Governor, he has been providing free transport to non- indigenes every Christmas to travel home and at the same time giving palliative to widows who are not travelling for the celebration of the Christmas and new year.
” Come 2023 , we will support the APC from top to bottom. We urge other Governors to emulate Zulum. About 10 communities of non- indigenes in the State benefitted from this transport scheme while 645 persons travelled with feeding allowance and return given to them. The 645 travellers began the journey to their respective homes from 20th to 23rd of this month,” Chief Egwudike said.
Also, the President of the Niger Delta Peoples Forum in Borno State, Chief John Azimeye , described Governor Zulum as a detribalised man who is doing his best to ensure that everyone is carried along in his administration.
” Despite the meagre resources at his disposal, he still go out of his way to provide free transport to the non- indigenes in the State to ensure that they celebrate Christmas with their loved ones. It is a wonderful gesture, we are indeed going to give him every support for him to continue the good work he is doing,” Azimeye said.
Hon. Asiwaju Olusegun Alabi, the Secretary General Ohanaeze APC support group appreciated Governor Zulum for the wonderful gesture, noting that it is a gesture that the Governor has been providing since 2020 to date.
Alabi said the gesture is a clear evidence that Zulum projects are not paper projects and his promises not paper promises but reality.
In his remarks, the President Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Borno State Chapter, Chief Sunday Okonkwo, thanked God for Governor Zulum for providing free transport to the lesprivilleged who wouldn’t have travelled if not for the gesture.
He assured that non- indigenes in the State will work to ensure that the Governor returned for the second time to continue his good work.
Abraham Kaanti, the President of Tiv community in the State , said the Governor has exhibited his love for the downtrodden and less privileged by this gesture.
” So we the internal diasporas have resolved that we are going to throw our full support to Governor Zulum’s second term bid,” he said.