Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, on Tuesday, claimed that countries in the west are more concern for the people of the state amid Boko Haram attacks than the rich Arab nations.
Zulum stated this in Maiduguri when he received the Palestinian Ambassador to Nigeria, Saleh Fheied Saleh.
He noted that the state over the years has been supported by Europe, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, Japan and other countries.
“They have demonstrated concern and have made efforts to support our traumatized citizens in many ways especially on food, medicals and livelihoods.”
“However, that level of concern never came from Arab countries with whom millions of Borno people share similarity in religion and culture. We have indigenous Shuwa Arabs in Borno, this shows how our histories are tied.”
“We have made severe efforts, written and visited embassies of Arab countries, especially those that are rich and not dealing with crises, but the majority do not care about our situation, neither do they support us,” he said.
The Borno State Governor commended Palestine for its solidarity with the State.
The envoy told Zulum that his country had concluded plans to support the Borno government in some areas.
“There are a lot of Palestinian companies in Nigeria, they are willing to work with the Borno State Government. We are ready to cooperate with you, we are ready to help in anything you want us to do”, Saleh said.
He added that many Nigerians currently reside in Palestine, particularly Borno indigenes.
Saleh disclosed that some have served the government, including Fatima Barnawi, a former minister and police chief.
Source: Naija News