BY INUSA NDAHI, MAIDUGURI
Governor Babagana Umara Zulum and the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Garbai Elkanemi have commended the youths in the state for not partaking any protests against Police brutality otherwise known as #End SARS movement which metamorphosed into looting of private and public properties across some states of the federation.
The two leaders disclosed this on Wednesday while addressing stakeholders at a meeting with Minister of State Agriculture, Hon Mustapha Baba Shehuri who led other federal government delegations to interface with political, traditional, religious leaders and civil society organisations on how to create peaceful coexistence in the society.
Zulum said his administration has directed security agencies to crush any criminals hibernating in the state.
“This morning, I recieved a security report that some hired miscreants were sent into the state to initiate our youths to embark on streets protests against our Military.
“I have directed the Commissioner of Police, Director Department of Security Services (DSS) and other relevant security operatives to commence investigation and fish out those culprits so that the law will take its course against them and their sponsors.” Zulum said.
He equally commended the efforts of the security agencies including members of the disbanded SARS for displaying their gallantry efforts and sacrifices in the fight against insurgents and restoration of peace in the state.
The Shehu of Borno who is the Chairman of traditional rulers in his brief remarks, assured that the traditional institution would continue to play its role in maintaining peaceful coexistence amongst the diverse ethnic and religious groups across the state.
Earlier in his address, the Minister said, he was in his home state on the instruction of President Muhammady Buhari to meet with stakeholders with a view to interact on who to bring lasting peace and harmony in the state.
“I’m on instruction of Mr President, President Muhammad Buhari to come to Borno my own state.
“And this is the directive he has given to all ministers and other members of the executive council to go to our respective states and engage political, community, religious and traditional leaders on current event happening in the country.
“The President also asked me to commiserate with the state and Nigerians, even though there was no turbulence here, but lives and property were lost in other states and this has emotional and traumatic impact on all citizens of Nigeria,” the minister said.
According to him, the President is also thankful to the people of the state, particularly youths, over the way they conducted themselves during the protests.