Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State says he will not be deterred from rescuing his people from the clutches of Boko Haram insurgency in the state.
We recalls that a suspected terrorist ambush on the governor’s convoy on September 26 had left about 15 persons, including eight soldiers and three policemen, dead.
The attack, which occurred at a point between Monguno and Baga areas of the state also left four members of Civilian JTF dead.
Receiving members of the National Assembly from Borno State, led by a former governor of the state, Sen. Kashim Shettima, on a sympathy visit on Monday, Mr Zulum lamented that the insurgency in the state was obnoxious.
“This is very important. But under no circumstances shall we be deterred in our determination to rescue the people of Borno State,” the governor said.
According to him, the insurgency is unlikely to remain unchanged “except drastic actions are taken; otherwise, the insurgency will take over Maiduguri”.
Mr Zulum, therefore, expressed his administration’s commitment to bring normalcy in the shores of the Lake Chad, Sambisa axis and Mandara hills which, according to him, “have been providing tremendous agricultural potentials to the teeming rural farmers in the state”.
“Therefore the only solution for us to reduce the insurgency is to ensure the return of communities to these three locations to allow people to have their means of livelihoods.”
“Notwithstanding my comments, security is very paramount; the safety of our lives is also very important.
“I am not unmindful of the advice that is coming to me from your humble selves and other members of the delegation.
“Although we are very much aware that God has the ultimate say for everything that happens in this world, again, God has also advised us to be very careful in all our dealings.
“And therefore I want to assure you that Insha Allah, I will abide by some of the advice that you have given to me; we shall be more careful in carrying out our mandates and responsibilities because security is very paramount.
Speaking earlier, Mr Shettima said the entire NASS members were at the Government House on a solidarity cum sympathy visit.
“We are here to commiserate with the governor, the government and the people of Borno over the incidence of past days and weeks,” he said.
“Hope springs eternal from the heart of men. And we believe that our people have the resilience and the courage to endure whatever hardship to see the restoration of lasting peace in our fatherland.
“And most importantly, we call on our people to give the maximum support and cooperation to the government and the military establishment to see that we restore peace in Borno.
“We are all in this together; the Military that paid supreme sacrifices – the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security Civil Defence Corps and our Civilian-JTF are all making supreme sacrifices for the common good.
“We pray for the repose of those who paid the Supreme price and may God grant their families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”