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Borno State Govt Declares One-day Fast for State’s Economy, Security

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The Borno State Government has announced a one-day statewide fast scheduled for Monday, February 19, to implore divine intervention to address the surging costs of food items and the alarming increase in landmine explosions along major roads in the region.

Governor Babagana Zulum disclosed this during a statewide address on Friday, as he expressed concern over the hardships experienced by the populace, particularly the rising costs of basic food items.

Acknowledging the strain this places on families and individuals, he said:

“I speak to you today with a heavy heart, but also with a determination to address the challenges that have befallen our beloved state. I am deeply troubled by the recent hardships faced by our citizens, particularly the high cost of food items. I understand the burden that this places on families and individuals.”

Reiterating the government’s commitment to addressing the issue decisively, Zulum also said, “I want to assure you that we are taking decisive steps to alleviate this issue.

He emphasised his administration’s focus on revitalising the agricultural sector to boost food production and reduce dependency on relief measures, explaining that the government would invest in modern farming techniques, provide support to local farmers, and create incentives for agricultural innovation.

“By doing so, we hope to not only lower the cost of food items but also to create sustainable livelihoods for our people,” he added, stating that the government has taken measures to mitigate the rising costs of essential goods, including intensified distribution of palliatives, especially in heavily impacted areas like the Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC) and Jere.

Addressing the alarming surge in landmine explosions on major roads, the Governor condemned the cowardly acts, which not only jeopardise public safety but also impede economic activities vital for the state’s progress. He expressed suspicions of malicious intent behind these incidents aimed at undermining security achievements.

However, he assured that, “we are working to ensure the offenders are fished out and dealt with accordingly.”

Consequently, Zulum encouraged citizens to pray for the state while calling on the Shegu of Borno and Imams in the state to lead a voluntary fast.

“As people of faith and from our previous experience, I implore his eminence, the Shehu of Borno, the Chief Imam, Imams, and the Christian brothers and the citizens of Borno State to observe a one-day voluntary fast on Monday the 19th of February 2024.”

He urged everyone to pray for peace, prosperity, and the development of the state while observing the fast

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