Boko Haram

Military, traditional rulers, know Boko Haram whereabouts – Borno Governor

Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, Governor of Borno State

Babagana Zulum, the Governor of Borno State, says that security agencies and monarchs in the state know the whereabouts of Boko Haram terrorists.

“The whereabouts of these criminals is known to the Nigerian military, the police, the civil defence corps, the Department of State Services, the traditional rulers and most members of the public.  All that we need to do is to take the war to these criminals’ doorsteps. Another important thing we need to do urgently is the restoration of civil authority to the geopolitical zone,” Zulum said.

The governor made the revelation on Tuesday in Maiduguri while speaking at the North-East Security Summit organised by the Office of the Inspector General of Police.

He further urged state governments in the Boko Haram ravaged north-east region not to allow the terrorists displace its citizens in their respective states.

In his own reaction Governor Mai-Mala Buni of Yobe State called for another approach to the war against terrorism, saying that the action of the military is not succeeding.

“We strongly believe that while the military’s efforts to contain insurgency is necessary, we must actively explore and engage in dialogue. As records show, no conflict of this nature anywhere in the world has ever been resolved solely by military option.

“As we transit to a post-insurgency era with the relative peace that our state now enjoys, there are emerging security threats that we are equally very concerned about.

“The rising cases of rape, kidnapping, robbery, homicide, conflict between farmers and pastoralists and cattle-rustling are challenges we have to confront seriously.”

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, who was represented by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, Ali Ndume, noted that with the low numbers of soldiers in the country, and the low number of budget allocation to the military, Nigeria might not end the war anytime soon.

Ndume noted that the Nigerian Army has 154,000 soldiers and 6,000 officers, when a minimum of at least 400,000 soldiers is needed in the country.

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