Shettima made the call yesterday in Maiduguri, the state capital while distributing relief materials donated by the Forum for victims of Boko Haram attacks in Maiduguri metropolis.
Since the activities of insurgents in the north-east state grounded activities to a halt, coupled with the state of emergency declared by President Goodluck Jonathan last month to restore law and order, residents of Maiduguri have fled the state in droves in fear for their lives.
However, according to the governor, the fleeing elders must return home to assist government chart a new course for the rapid development of the state.
“We know that some of the elders have remained in Maiduguri inspite of the numerous happenings. But some others could not withstand the pressures of the insurgency and they left along with members of their families to Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory,” he said.