From TIMOTHY OLANREWAJU, Maiduguri
Kano State Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso yesterday donated N20 million to victims of Baga killings in Borno State to cushion the devastating impact of the bloody clash between Boko Haram insurgents and soldiers in the area. Kwankwaso was at the Maiduguri Government House to commiserate with Borno State Government and the people of the state over the heavy casualty recorded and destruction of over 2, 000 houses during the Baga carnage.
He noted that both Kano and Borno were facing same security challenge being perpetuated by Boko Haram sect “In Kano State, we are facing the same insecurity challenges caused by the Boko Haram insurgents and we are working round the clock to overcome these security challenges facing all of us here in the North. I therefore, on behalf of the Kano State Government and her citizens, present a token of N20 million to cushion the devastating effects of the Baga and Bama crises that claimed many lives and property,” he declared. He expressed the hope that the states affected by the insurgency would overcome the security challenge with good leadership.
He commended Borno State Government for its efforts at “restoring peace and unity in the state and the entire north.” He said the north generally had been battling with various crises, including ethno-religious crises even before the Boko Haram’s first offensive in July, 2009. Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, in his remark said he was filled with tears of joy, and brotherhood exhibited by his Kano counterpart, adding that neither the Federal Government nor any state government in the country had shown such gesture and love since the incident occurred.
“We have not got a dime from any government, be it federal and state or any individual, except from Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and the Kano State people.” He was the first governor to visit Borno State over the recent attacks and killings at Baga and Bama, where many people,” he noted. While commending the Kano governor for the gesture, Shettima said besides being the most senior governor in the country, Kwankwanso had always championed the course of the north and unity of the country. He described him as an architect of modern Kano.