Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state has said the state government is yet to authenticate claims made by members of the Islamic State of West African Province sect ISWAP that they have appointed a governor to reign over the affairs of some parts in the state.
Borno is the hotbed of terrorist attacks in the country. Two weeks ago, there were claims in some section of the media that the sect members had appointed one Abba Kaka to be the governor to rule over some parts of the state.
Speaking to statehouse correspondent in Abuja after a meeting with President Buhari on Monday, July 12, Governor Zulum dismissed the claim, saying the state is yet to validate the claim.
“We are yet to validate the authenticity of this report that ISWAP appointed governor in Borno state. So, as the governor of the state, I think it’s not right for me to speak on something that I don’t have full knowledge of.”he said
Asked if he would investigate the claim, the governor responded
“Not investigating. This report is not authenticated. You have just seen somebody written something in one of the…I think it’s on Facebook or something like that. You’re a journalist and I think we have to prove reports beyond reasonable doubts, before commenting on such reports.
As far as I’m concerned. I’m the governor of Borno State and I don’t have any information that we have another government in a Nigerian state. Yes. And I’m very much in charge.”