By Abraham Olatokunbo
Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has presented the Staff of Office to the recently appointed Emir of Biu, Mai Mustapha Umar Mustapha II.
Mai Mustapha Umar Mustapha II, the 29th Emir of Biu, was appointed after the demise of his father on the 21st September 2020.
The colorful occasion, which took place at Biu central stadium had in attendance, the deputy Governors of Borno and Gombe States, Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Garbai El-Kanami, other emirs from Borno and the neighbouring states, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai.
Presenting the Staff of Office, Zulum said, “The historical antecedents of Bura/Babur and other tribes in Borno are not only intertwined but two sides of the same coin. We are one people united by different historical events.”
He charged the new Emir to consolidate the foundation put in place by his late father Mai Umar Mustapha Aliyu by been just and fair in carrying everybody along and sustain the development in education, health, agriculture, security of people my strengthening community policing.
The the late emir, Mai Umar Mustapha died after a brief illness sometimes in September 2020 at the age of 79.
The Governor, also while in Biu commended the effort of the military at ending the insurgency in the state.
He was full of praise to the Nigerian Armed Forces, other security operatives, vigilantes and members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) on the recent successes been recorded in the fight against insurgency in Borno.
He said: “May I use this medium to commend the federal government and in particular the Nigerian Military for the recent successes they have recorded in the fight against the insurgents.
Especially by taking the war to the enclaves of the insurgents, let me commend the Chief of Army Staff, the Chief of Air Staff, directors and principals in the military high command, the theatre Commander, the GOC, sector commanders, brigade commanders, commanding officers, men and officers in theatre of operation, the police and all other security operatives working in Borno for the support they have rendered in securing the territorial integrity of our nation.”
The Governor also commended the Chief of Army Staff for citing the Nigerian Army University in Biu town.
He had earlier on Friday, also in in Biu, had flagged off the second phase of the economic support for small and medium enterprises in three local government areas.
As part of the N1 billion scheme, the governor has extended the programme to Biu, other local governments to benefit from the scheme Gwoza, Ngala, Monguno, Mobbar and Maiduguri Metropolitan Council.
The scheme has been in collaboration with the Bank of industry, with both Borno and the bank contributing N500 million each.
Apart from launching the scheme in Biu, Zulum distributed over 80 commercial vehicles and tricycles (Keke Napep) to different beneficiaries ad part of social protection and livelihood support