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Attacks on Gubio, Magumeri, Borno State Gov Blames Military, hails Civilian JTF
Prof. Babagana Zulum, Borno State Governor, has accused the Nigerian military over the current attacks ravaging Borno Villages following the decision to establish “super camps”.
The governor stated this at the weekend after a closed door meeting at the Presidential Villa with President Muhammadu Buhari following the dual attacks on Gubio and Magumeri local government areas by the Boko Haram insurgents.
Zulum was responding to a question on why it was easy for the militants to operate without resistance with newsmen.
“Well, the most important thing is that there is ongoing military strategy, according to the military authorities, what they called “Establishment of super camps.”
“That entails that all other smaller units in various villages and towns shall be collapsed to form part of the super camps in some critical major local government areas.
“In our thinking, as laymen not as military personnel, we thought this decision is not wise. We must ensure there is military presence in all the locations. We are very much aware of their numerical strength but nonetheless, their absence can create serious vacuum and that has informed the recent attacks.
“However, I heard that the military is now trying to re-establish the military formations in those areas and that they should not form part of the super camps,” the governor said.
Zulum commended the efforts of the civilian JTF
“Honestly speaking, the civilian JTF are working but the most important thing is that they don’t have the heavy weapons that they can use to conveniently face. So the absence of the Nigerian military in a particular place will create a vacuum in such a way that the civilian JTF and hunters cannot perform effectively.
“I have told Mr. President and he has listened to our complaints, he has done a lot for the people of Borno State and it is our sincere hope that this time around, he will take necessary steps to forestall future occurrence.
“But most importantly, the presence of the Nigerian military in almost all the locations, especially in local government headquarters, need not be overemphasized.”
The governor stressed that it was high time the youths were gainfully engaged to forestall their becoming a veritable tool in the hands of the terrorist sect.
“On my own part as the governor, first of all I wish to call on the people of Borno State to be patient while we try to strengthen the civilian JTF as well as supplement the efforts of the Nigerian military as well as the Nigerian police.
“By and large, we must also address the root causes of the Boko Haram insurgency which is not limited to endemic poverty, pervasive illiteracy, financial and economic hardship, unemployment, environmental degradation, drug abuse among others. We must ensure our youths are employed.
“We shall support the Nigerian police and the Nigerian military, most importantly the gallant civilian JTF and the hunters to ensure that the remnants of Boko Haram are eliminated.”