Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State was on ground on Thursday when resident of Banki, located on Nigeria’s border with Cameroon, enjoyed nightlife after seven years of insurgency.
Accompanied by some officials, Zulum visited retail shops at 10:30pm.
He was said to have seen the town bustling with social and economic activities which made him describe what he saw as one of his best moments since becoming governor two years ago.
Banki, one of state’s major economic hubs outside Maiduguri, is located in Bama local government area and was famous for huge day and night economic activities, until the town was sacked by insurgents 2014, forcing residents to flee to neighboring Cameroon and Niger Republic.
Addressing some retail traders on Thursday night, the governor was quoted as saying, “Alhamdulillah! It is gratifying to note that business activities have resumed in Banki town. You can see Banki’s situation at 10:30pm today. This is the kind of progress we have been looking for in a long time. I think today is one of my happiest moments because of the fact that we can walk inside Banki town at this odd time. I am very much satisfied, because this is not 10am; this is 10:30pm. Anybody I believe will be happy to note this development.” Zulum said.