Borno Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum on Thursday received a Cameroonian military delegation led by the 4th region joint military commander, General Saly Mohammadou at the govt House, Maiduguri.
He was amid General Bouba Dobekreo, Commander Sector 1 Multinational Joint Task Force; brigadier Essoh Jules-Cesar, Commander Fourth Gendarmerie, GOC 7 Div Bridgdier Gen. AK Ibrahim among others
General Saly appreciated the political support rendered by Governor Babagana Umara Zulum within the fight against insurgency within the Lake Chad region. He said the support had facilitated the graceful execution of non-kinetic operations, creating conducive environment for the return of internally displaced persons and refugees to their ancestral towns to select up the pieces of their lives.
The Cameroonian military were in Nigeria to share experiences and improve collaboration between forces of the 2 countries within the fight against insurgency within the Lake Chad region.
Responding, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum made a case for improved trans border trade between the citizens of the 2 countries.
He stressed that, collaboration between Nigeria and Cameroon is extremely important at this point to contain the resurgence of Boko Haram within the region.
Acording to him, Nigeria and Cameroon shares an equivalent culture and traditions, hence, the free movement of individuals between the 2 countries.
Zulum said, “Cameroon and Nigeria, most of our people shares an equivalent tradition and culture. Though the insecurity has affected all the countries within the Lake Chad region, all our economies were affected. Therefore, there’s need for us to return together and fight this insurgency.”
“The issue of trans border trade is extremely important, all folks know Banki. We do everything possible to reopen Banki market, we are getting to reopen Bama-Banki road. allow us to support the safety architectures, in order that we will ensure free movement of our people.”
He noted that, Borno government is getting to return most of the people suffering from the insecurity that are taking refuge within the Cameroon soon.
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