I’m strengthening locals to be more resilient, he says
Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, says President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Army should explore other opportunities of dealing with the Boko Haram crisis rather than focusing on “kinetic force”.
He stated this after a security meeting with the Nigerian president.
Zulum said: “But most importantly, there is a need for the federal government to also open other opportunities for bringing down the crisis rather than the kinetic force.
“It is also important for those people who have been forced to join the insurgency if they are integrated into society. I think this will be good. There is an existing policy within the military called operation safe corridor just to strengthen the system. We are optimism that Borno state will bounce back again.”
Speaking further about his meeting with President Buhari he stated: “I’m basically here to discuss with Mr. President on how possible the Federal Government can strengthen the current security situation on the ground as well as strengthen the means of livelihood to the entire people of Borno State.
“Basically, we want to address the root causes of the insurgency, especially the issue of access roads, access to farmlands and the issue of strengthening civilian JTF and the military to do their jobs better than before.”
Beyond what the Buhari administration is willing to do, the Borno governor pointed out: “On my part, I am also trying to strengthen the locals to be resilient enough, especially by providing them with logistics like vehicles and others so that they can undertake some surveillance to support the military.
“By and large, our discussions with the military have gone well and we are doing everything possible to ensure that stability returns to Borno State.
“You are aware that some incidents occurred two or three days ago where about 40 people were killed in Konduga. We are aware of steps the President is willing to take that will virtually bring that issue to a standstill.”