Governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum, has today donated the sum of N10 million to all injured and recuperating soldiers in northeast Nigeria.
Governor Zulum made the donation today at an Eid Elkabir luncheon organised for frontline troops by the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouq Yahaya, at the Maimalari Cantonment barracks in Maidugri.
Governor Zulum, who was the special guest of honor at the luncheon commended the troops for their resilience even as he promised to sustain the support of his government to ensure that they jointly win the battle against insurgency.
Governor Zulum commended the chief of army staff who was the immediate former Theater Commander, Operation Hadin Kai, for providing purporseful leadership and command for the the Nigeria army.
Governor Zulum also commended the President and Commander in Chief, Muhammadu Buhari, for his continuous support for the people of Borno state and the northeast in general.
The governor said as part of his commitment to supporting the troops, he announced a token of N10 million as largesse for the wounded and recuperating soldiers who were also part of the luncheon.
Earlier the Chief of army staff, General Yahaya, had announced the provision of Hilux operational vehicle for all Regimental Sergeant Majors as part of his new resolve to stimulate the morale of all troops.
The COAS commended the Governor of Borno state for his unflinching support to the troops of the Nigeria army.
“From your (Zulum’s) visits to troops on the ground many times, even to several isolated and probably not too secured environments, you have always been there,” he said.
“Every time you have gone, it has gingered and boost our morale, including also all the support you have been providing to our operations and activities.
“We can only thank and appreciate His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Borno State for all the support that has been providing for us in operation Hadin Kai and even before when it was operation Lafiya Dole and all along” the army chief said.
The COAS who commended the President for the support given to the Nigeria military, said the Sallah luncheon was aimed at boosting the morale of the troops in the front line.
Highlight of the event was the serving of food to the wounded troops by both the Governor and COAS.