Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima yesterday in Maiduguri faulted claims that the Boko Haram terrorists were in control of large sections of the state.
The Senator representing Borno Central in the National Assembly, Alhaji Babakaka Garbai, had claimed that the military were only in control of three out of the 27 local government areas of the state.
But Shettima said that the claim was not true.
“`Believe you me, I am the Chief Executive Officer of the state, the military has recorded tremendous achievements in the past six months, we are now consolidating the emerging peace in the state.
“It is wrong for anyone to say that Boko Haram is in control.
“Yes, you might have pockets of them trying to foment mischief, but in the fullness of time we shall overcome even the hiccups,’’ he said.
Shettima said that the senator must have been misquoted by the press.
“I read about the senator’s comment in the media, I am trying to reach him to clarify some of the allegations.
“It is my considered opinion that the statement was either based on emotional outburst or he was misquoted,’’ he said.
Shettima added: “We are all living witnesses to what is happening in Borno, you and I know that in the last couple of months, Ngala was liberated by the military.
“So also was Bama, Gwoza, Dikwa, Mafa and so many other communities that were hitherto under the terrorist control.
“The military deserves commendation not condemnation.’’
He said it was clear that the Boko Haram terrorists had been decimated by the military.
“The Boko Haram terrorists have been decimated and the President deserves special commendation.
“The people of the North-East and especially those of Borno are eternally grateful to President Muhamadu Buhari for his commitment toward restoring sanity in the area,’’ Shettima said.
He said that the military was making efforts to uproot the terrorists from their Sambisa forest hideout.
“The major problem area is the Sambisa forest and the military is making efforts, in fact that is the reason the insurgents are trooping to the outskirts of Maiduguri to foment mischief.
“The most important thing for us now as a people, as a community is to support the Federal Government on the anti-terrorism war,’’ Shettima said.
He said that it was difficult to end terrorism in a very short time.
“Yes we are having hiccups which are inevitable, mind you in November 2008, 10 terrorists held Mumbai to ransom for four days.
“We might have hiccups here and there, these clowns like publicity, a pocket of them can go and unleash terror, it is easier to destroy than to build.
“I still believe that the worst is over, we are on a path to sustain peace and development,’’ Shettima said.
He said that the military chiefs had been up and doing in prosecuting the anti-terrorism war.
“I cannot count the number of times that the Chief of Army Staff has visited Borno in recent times.
“This underline the commitment of the Federal Government toward restoring peace; I believe that the President deserves our special regard and consideration,’’ Shettima said. NAN

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