Boko Haram

There’s no hope that the military can defeat Boko Haram – Governor Zulum says

Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, Governor of Borno State

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has stated that there is no hope that the military would be able to defeat Boko Haram.

Zulum said if the military cannot secure an area that is just 20 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno, how can they give hope that the insurgents would be defeated?

“So, if the military cannot secure an area that is 20 kilometres away from the state capital, how can they give us the hope that they will defeat Boko Haram?” he said on Monday during his visit to Jakana where 35 commuters were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on Friday.

The governor expressed disappointment over what he described as the inability of the military to secure 20 kilometres from the state capital on the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway despite the huge investment in the ongoing war against Boko Haram.

“I have had occasions to defend the Nigerian military in order to boost the morale of commanders and their troops at the front lines because I know the true picture of things. However, I am really disappointed that despite all support from both the Federal Government and from us in Borno State, our military is failing to secure an area of 20 kilometres, which is the distance between Auno and Jakana. And incidentally, majority of Boko Haram’s attacks along this Maiduguri-Damaturu-Kano road keeps happening between Auno and Jakana,” he said.

Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff
Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff

He further berated the Borno State Rapid Response Squad comprising of policemen, vigilantes and local hunters for lack of visibility along the Maiduguri-Damaturu road which made it possible for the terrorist to operate freely.

“We drove from Maiduguri to here, Jakana. We did not see soldiers on the road, we did not see even our own Rapid Response Squad on this road and they were trained, employed, kitted and paid to protect all Nigerians within their areas of operation and these Nigerians include travellers plying this busy and important road,” Governor Zulum said.

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