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BORNO: IDPs flee food queues as Gov Zulum uses Quran to threaten those fond of collecting multiple rations




Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Umara Zulum on Monday rained curses on anyone diverting humanitarian assistance meant for Internally Displaced Persons in the state.

The governor, while addressing the IDPs in Monguno on Monday, raised the Qur’an and invoked God’s wrath on anyone diverting the humanitarian assistance meant for the IDPs.

The governor, who did not leave himself out of the curse, asked that any humanitarian worker in the State Emergency Management Agency, the National Emergency Management Agency, other government officials and anyone for that matter, who diverts food and other aid meant for the welfare of IDPs, be visited with God’s wrath.

The curse was also directed at IDPs collecting multiple rations of food, most of which they sell in markets, depriving fellow displaced persons of food.

The governor, who undertook the trip to Monguno on Sunday, where IDPs from Marte, Kukawa, Mobbar, Guzamala and Monguno Local Government Areas of the state are being accommodated, had at the weekend ordered the deployment of trailers loaded with varieties of food items including rice, spaghetti, oil and other condiments ahead of his visit.

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A mild drama was witnessed at the camps as hundreds of adult male and female IDPs began to leave queues whenever the oath administrator (acting as a town crier) raised the Qur’an calling on God to punish any one of them who was in the queue to collect multiple rations of food.

The oath administrator had said: “Listen to me very attentively, Governor Zulum has asked me to announce to you, that from himself as your Governor down to humanitarian officials of SEMA, NEMA, other government officials and anybody at all, whoever diverts food meant for IDPs, may the curse of God through the instrumentality of the Qur’an, come upon that person.

“May the wrath of God come upon anyone who has collected allocation ticket but came here to collect what is meant for others.

“You all know that food is distributed to households and everyone here is part of a household, if you know you are not the head of a household or that you have already collected your portion, better leave the queue or you incur the wrath of the Qur’an.”

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