The executive governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum has said that Western countries have shown more concern and assistance for the predicament of Borno people than rich Arab nations.
Governor Zulum made the statement on Tuesday in Maiduguri when the Palestinian Ambassador to Nigeria, Saleh Fheied Saleh paid a courtesy visit to him in Maiduguri.
According to a press release by the state government through it’s verified Twitter handle, Mr Zulum extolled Palestine for being one of the few exceptions, within the Arab community.
“I am a practical person. I work with the realities I see on ground. In the face of our challenges over the years, we have received humanitarian support from the UK and other parts of Europe, the United States, Canada, from Japan and a host of others who have demonstrated concern and have made efforts to support our traumatized citizens in many ways especially on food, medicals and livelihoods.
“However, that level of concern never came from Arab countries with whom millions of Borno people share a similarity in religion and culture. We even have indigenous Shuwa Arabs in Borno and this shows how our histories are tied.
“We have made severe efforts, written and visited embassies of Arab countries, especially those that are rich and not dealing with crises, but obviously, majority of the Arabs do not care about our situation, neither do they support us. The Arabs have not shown concern to us. Your visit, however, has renewed our hope especially and we are very grateful for your visit, ” Mr Zulum said.
The Palestinian ambassador on his part informed Mr Zulum of plans to support the Government of Borno State in some areas of need.
“There are a lot of Palestinian companies in Nigeria. They are willing to work with the Borno State Government. We are ready to cooperate with you, we are ready to help in anything you want us to do that we can do” Mr Saleh said.
Ambassador Saleh also said many Nigerians are presently residing in Palestine, particularly Borno indigenes, some of whom have meritoriously served the government and people of Palestine.