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‘Sabotage Behind Prolonged War’ Against Boko Haram ~ Borno Governor

Babagana Zulum, Governor of Borno State, the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency has described sabotage within the system, as the reason behind the prolonged war ravaging the region.

The Governor raised the concern when he met the Governors of Kebbi and Jigawa States, Atiku Bagudu and Badaru Abubakar, as well as his predecessor, Senator Kashim Shettima, at the Government House in Maiduguri on August 2, 2020.

The delegation was on a solidarity visit over the recent attack on the Governor in Baga town, a shoreline community of the Lake Chad in the northern part of the state.

Governor Zulum believes some elements within are frustrating efforts of the government to end the insurgency.

Zulum said, “Let me also re-echo my previous position concerning the level of insurgency in Borno State, I earlier said that the gravity of the insurgency could not be compared with what has happened between 2011 to 2015, and 2015 to date. Yes, it’s true. The President has done well.

“But there’s sabotage in the system that will not allow the insurgency to end; the President has to know this very important point.”

“When he came to Maiduguri two months ago, I said so because between 2011 to 2015, at a time, almost about 22 LGAs were under the insurgents.

“Out of the four main roads that lead to Maiduguri. Only one was functional,” the governor added.

The Governor called on the President to examine the security situation in the region critically, to ensure the effort of his administration was not in vain.

He further said his experience during the Baga attack was a terrible one.

On Monday, August 2rd, the Shehu of Borno expresses his displeasure with the attack on the convoy of Governor in Baga.

The Shehu, during his homage to the governor, said: “Your Excellency, we are not happy about what has happened in Baga the other time, it is a very unfortunate and great pity. If the convoy of the whole Chief Security Officer of the state will be attacked, then wallahi nobody is safe, because he is the number one citizen of the state, he is the Chief Security Officer of the State.

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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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