Boko Haram started like #EndSARS protest – Borno gov says after visiting Buhari

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Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum says Boko Haram insurgency started in similar fashion to the #EndSARS protests.

He disclosed this in an interaction with State House correspondents after a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.

Zulum, whose state is the epicentre of the insurgency, said that it started in form of youths protesting against use of motorcycle helmets in Maiduguri.

The Borno governor noted that no one expected that a protest against use of motorcycle helmets would metamorphose into a monster that would end up displacing more than a million in the state alone.

He therefore warned the promoters of #EndSARS to be very careful.

“On the issue of #EndSARS, I am calling on all Nigerians especially the youths to be very careful.

“The whole Boko Haram saga started as a result of the protests by some youths in Maiduguri against the use of helmet by motorcycle riders. You have seen the situation now.

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“Over one million people have been displaced and the most affected population are the vulnerable, the youth.

“Some of those that led the protests have left Borno State, they are either staying in Abuja or Lagos or abroad. we have to be very careful,” Zulum said.

He explained that the #EndSARS protest in Borno did not take on the form of the Lagos protest because the youths were advised to consider the consequences.

“Now, there is emerging peace in Borno State and we don’t want anybody to disrupt the peace.

“The youths are with us, we are taking very good care of them, palliatives are being distributed to them as and when due.

“We are giving them some certain financial supports and I think the best way every Nigerian should seek for his/her right is through legitimate means, otherwise we are not going anywhere. Peace is very important,” Zulum said.


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