The Borno State House of Assembly has approved a 21-day vacation for Governor Babagana Zulum despite increasing Boko Haram attacks in the state.
Newspot reports that the lawmakers also gave the approval for Deputy Governor Umar Kadafur to serve as acting governor from April 29 to May 19.
Speaker of the state assembly Abdulkarim Lawan conveyed the approval in a letter dated April 26.
This was made known in a statement to newsmen on Saturday by Malam Isa Gusau, Zulum’s spokesman.
“The governor also requested that in compliance with provisions of section 190 (1) of the constitution, which made him notify the House, the Assembly should approve the Deputy Governor to serve as acting Governor throughout the 21 days, to constitutionally give him the full powers to handle Borno State’s affairs without resort to the Governor,” the statement read.
He said all government officials and institutions were directed to fully comply with the ‘transmission of power.’
Zulum’s vacation is coming at a time when members of Boko Haram sect have stepped up their attacks in the North-eastern state.
Recall that members of the Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), recently attacked Gwoza and Wulgo towns in Borno state.