Borno state Governor Babagana Umara Zulum, Tuesday night, visited Pastor Bitrus Tumba whose son died when violence broke out between a demolition task force of Borno Geographic Systems (BOGIS) and worshipers at a branch of EYN Church in Maiduguri on August 5, 2021.
The governor was received by the family and some officials of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) led by the association’s chairman, Bishop Mohammed Naga.
Zulum had on the day of the incident sent Borno’s Deputy Governor Umar Usman Kadafur, to meet victims of the incident. The governor also invited and met with Christian leaders, led by CAN chairman, Bishop Naga, after which he directed the police to thoroughly investigate the incident and report to him.
Zulum was scheduled to visit Ezekiel’s family on the day of the incident, but aborted the visit to allow the tensed situation to douse; and instead, sent a private delegation to visit the family on his behalf while he worked behind the scene to calm down situations between religious leaders to prevent potential crisis between youths from different faiths.
At the pastor’s house alongside the deputy governor, Umar Kadafur, Wednesday, Zulum apologised for delaying his visit, “even though I had sent a delegation to explain this to you. We deliberately delayed because of the tension in town.
“We thought it was not a good time to pay you a visit then. I am here to commiserate with your family over the unfortunate death of our brother, Ezekiel Bitrus. My coming here today, weeks after that very unfortunate and painful incident, is proof that we have not forgotten the issue.”
Governor Zulum assured the family of the deceased of his commitment to ensuring justice as soon as the Nigerian Police complete ongoing investigation, which he directed must be thorough.
he said, “We shall do justice to the matter without fear or favour. We share your pains. No exercise of government is ever aimed to cause injury let alone the death of any citizen. Every person in Borno has equal rights and we have a duty to protect the rights of all persons, top of which is the security of lives.”
Responding on his family’s behalf, Pastor Bitrus Tumba expressed appreciation to the governor for the visit and said, he considered Ezekiel’s death as an act of God, which the family accepts in good faith.
Pastor Bitrus added that everyone dies in different way, and God has destined Ezekiel to die from gunshot which no one could have stopped.