Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has called on the federal government to properly research, articulate and disseminate lesson of Boko Haram insurgency, so that such mistakes would not be repeated.
Obasanjo, who made the call when he paid a courtesy visit on Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State at the Government House, Maiduguri, as part of his official visit to University of Maiduguri, said the research became necessary so that Nigeria and other nations would learn from the mistakes that led to Boko Haram insurgency.
His words: “The more we have men of goodwill coming to Maiduguri, the better because people will start realising that things are changing for the better and the situation is improving. Our military are ascending on the militants and whenever they recapture the territories once occupied by Boko Haram terrorists, land mines planted by the terrorists should be cleared completely before people return to such communities.”
While commiserating with the government and people of Borno State, Obasanjo said the people of Borno and indeed the North-East had suffered a lot due to the activities of Boko Haram through mass killings, abduction of single and married women, recruitment of child soldiers and wanton destruction of economic activities, adding that though Borno and entire North-East were not out of the wood, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
He said governments at all levels should also take agriculture with all seriousness it deserves, as agriculture is no longer an ordinary occupation but a serious business, if Nigeria really wants to fight unemployment and stop depending on oil.
Responding, Governor Shettima said Borno State had seen hell, as women were abducted and raped, teenagers recruited into soldiers but gradually, the situation is improving, as Nigeria’s gallant military had recaptured almost all territories under Boko Haram occupation.
He said “over one million private home of about 37 were destroyed, 5,335 classrooms, 201 health centres, 1,630 water sources, 665 municipal buildings all destroyed by the insurgents in the state. We have now commenced reconstruction of houses and other public buildings in most of our liberated local governments that are considered.”
Governor Shettima said Obasanjo was the first former president visiting the Government House, Maiduguri, saying if it were during his regime that Boko Haram insurgency happened, he would have acted on time to nip it in bud, but it took 19 days after the abduction of the Chibok girls before former President Goodluck Jonathan called him.
During the two days visit, Obasanjo is scheduled to be honoured by University of Maiduguri, inspect and commission ongoing and completed projects, pay homage to Shehu of Borno before departing the state.


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