MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has said there was need for change of strategies in the ongoing fight against boko haram.
The Governor who however acknowledged successes recorded by the military in the state, stated during the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Borno State on Wednesday.
Buhari was in the state on sympathy visit following the recent attacks by insurgents on Auno town which left 30 persons dead, and 18 vehicles and houses burnt.
“Your Excellency sir, between the period of March 2019 to date we have started witnessing horrific and spontaneous attacks by the insurgents which has resulted to the lost of lives and property of our people.
“We are calling upon the Nigerian military to change strategies and we can borrow a leaf from the success our military was able to hugely record in the years 2016 and 2017 with a view to ending the insurgency.
“We need to keep taking the war to enclaves of the insurgents in the fringes of Lake Chad, in Sambisa forest and some notable areas,” he said.
He however commended the President for his commitment to ending the insurgency. He recalled the gains recorded in the years 2016 and 2017 and also thanked him for being consistent in showing empathy to the people of the State.
“Let me appreciate Mr President for associating with us at this our very trying moment. I am so surprised that we have forgotten the past.”
The Governor said although he could not ignore the current unfortunate situation, the people of state still recalled the days before Buhari’s emergence, when 20 out of the 27 local government areas in the state were in the hands of boko haram while all the five routes into Borno state were largely inaccessible with exception of Maiduguri-Kano road.
To butress his point, Zulum cited sporadic bombings and killings even within the capital, Maiduguri.
“Close to about 20 Local Government areas were resettled under Buhari. In fact, in the year 2016/2017 we celebrated the demise of the Boko Haram insurgency that has unfortunately returned,” he said.
President Buhari reiterated his commitment to ending the insurgency, fighting corruption and leading the country to economic recovery.
The President called on the people of Borno to continue to cooperate with the military.