Governor of Borno state Babagana Zulum has debunked all rumors of ISWAP governor in the state, insisting that he is fully in charge of the state.
Speaking to journalists after the closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Mr Zulum dismissed claims that the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) had elected a governor for Borno.
He said, “The claim remains unauthenticated. I’m fully in charge of the state.’’
A report had emerged about three weeks ago, claiming that ISWAP terrorists had appointed one Abba Kaka as the Borno governor, under a newly restructured leadership by an interim council.
Mr Zulum added, “We are yet to validate the authenticity of this report that ISWAP has appointed a 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. This report is not authenticated. You have just seen somebody writing 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 (a) reasonable doubt 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 the state. Yes. And I’m very much in charge.”