By Chinenye Festus:-
Northern Elders from the Arewa Consultative Forum led by the chairman board of trustee, Ambassador Shehu Malami, and the forum’s executive chairman, Chief Audu Ogbeh visited the Governor of Borno State, Prof Zulum on Sunday.
The purpose of the visit was to commiserate with the governor and good people of Borno over the beheading of more than 40 farmers in the Zambarmari, a farming area located in Jere LGA of the state.
Governor Zulum while addressing them stated that Borno State has witnessed better management and handling of security challenges under President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration.
Regardless of the farmer and other violent attacks being unleashed by the Boko Haram Terrorist, he said records show that 27 Local Government Area have fared better since the President got into office.
These were his words:
“From statewide statistics on affairs in the 27 local government areas since 2011, the fact is that despite the recent happenings in Borno State, the security situation in Borno State and indeed that of the Entire North East Sub-region is still far better under Buhari, and this is based on records.
“For instance, unlike the years before Buhari when a number of local government were no-go-areas, we now have citizens led by our traditional rulers, safely back to Bama, Gwoza, Askira-Uba, Dikwa, Ngala, Monguno, Kukawa, Damboa, Konduga, Mafa, all of which no one could visit not talk of living there. Our emirs were all in exile. Today, Bama is coming back to life and so are Askira-Uba, Damboa, Gwoza, and others. Live is even returning go Baga. “This was impossible before Buhari. In fact, it was not possible to move a few kilometers out of Maiduguri.
” Insurgents were so bold to attack and take over military facilities like the army barrack at Monguno, Bama, Giwa Barrack, and Multinational Joint Task Force Headquarters at Baga to mention just a few.
“There were daily attacks bomb blasts in many parts of Maiduguri, the most populated part of the state but all of these have stopped under Buhari. These are the records and no one can dispute these records”
“The insurgents by their nature, always want to attract publicity which is very strategic for terror propaganda, so they resorted to attacking our communities and running away and of course this worries us” Zulum added.
The governor, however, said that for sustainable peace to be achieved in Borno State, it is the responsibility of everyone to do their part, by being security conscious and reporting any suspicious movement to the relevant authorities.
He also indicated that although making comparisons between the past and present is in human nature but everyone should be more concerned about current realities.
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