Shehu of Borno appeal to Borno Govt to decongest cemetery


Shehu of Borno Alhaji Abubakar ibn Umar Garbai Elkanemi interacting with newsmen at his palace in Maiduguri.

By Dauda Iliya

The Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar ibn Umar Garbai Elkanemi has urged the state government to help decongest the main cemetery in Maiduguri metropolis which has been overused. 

The Shehu who is the Chairman Borno State Council of traditional rulers made the appeal while interacting with newsmen at his palace in Maiduguri, the state capital. 

He said the Gwange graveyard situated in the city centre has been in use for more than seventy years, hence the need for people to make use of other existing cemeteries. 

“Based on that complaint (no where for burial at the Gwange graveyard), I directed my council to compile the list of all the existing and non-existing graveyards, by non-existing I mean the a abandoned ones, and bring them to me so that I will do something about it. Shehu Abubakar Garbai said”

Shehu Abubakar Elkanemi lamented that in Maiduguri Metropolitan and Jere local government alone, there are one hundred and twenty six graveyards that have been largely abandoned. 

He also appealed to the state government and other philanthropic individuals to provide essential needs for the burial rites to encourage people use the other cemeteries. 

According to the monarch, continued congestion of the Gwange graveyard will have health implications on neighbouring communities. 

The Shehu of Borno then commended Governor Babagana Zulum for the infrastructural transformation and continued support to displaced persons and other vulnerable people across the state.

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