By Godson Ikiebey-
The inauguration ceremony in Borno state, on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 ended abruptly after the governor, Babagana Zulus, coughed persistently while reading his speech.
Governor Zulu and Deputy Governor Umar Kadafur were sworn in by Justice Kashim Zanna, chief judge of the state.
Giving his inaugural address, Zulum listed a 10-point agenda his administration intends working on to develop the state. He said:
“My focus is on improving the security of the state as insecurity is the major impediment that affected people’s lives for a decade.
“I will ensure the return of our displaced people to their farmlands to ensure national food security.
“I will also fight unemployment and poverty among youths and embark on the massive reconstruction of destroyed communities.
“This will enable the people to return to their ancestral homes, while we seek more support from humanitarian donor agencies across the globe”.
But halfway into the speech, the governor started coughing persistently and began to have difficulties in reading further.
There was suspicion that a security official had accidentally opened a tear gas which affected the governor’s breath.
The governor was later made to step down from the podium and led away, accompanied by Kashim Shettima, his predecessor.
Thereafter the ceremony ended with the national anthem.