President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday met with Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno state promising to take more decisive and proactive measures towards ensuring that the Boko Haram insurgency in some parts of the country is totally eliminated for sustainable peace and development.
The governor briefed the president at the State House in Abuja on the recent military action against Boko Haram by Chad Republic on the shores of Lake Chad and its implications on Nigeria’s national security.
Chad was responding to the killing of nearly 100 of its soldiers by the insurgents.
After critically analysing the situation, the president and the governor believed the time has come to put to an end to the senseless acts of terror by the Boko Haram insurgent.
“Honestly speaking, we are apprehensive because of the ongoing operations by the Chadians. Right now Boko Haram are fleeing the shores of Lake Chad, the areas of Chad Republic and are now coming into Northern and Southern Borno state. There is need for us to provide counter insurgency attacks.
“This is the right time that the government or Nigeria and its leadership to do everything possible to support the JTF, to be proactive enough to contain the situation to deal with them decisively with a view to ending the crisis. So that they will not occupy some other areas in the northern states as well as the Sambisa reserve,” the governor said.
The governor told State House correspondents that he also briefed the president on his administration’s efforts at containing the ravaging Coronavirus pandemic.He said Borno state has not recorded any case of COVID-19.
“My deputy governor, who is the chairman of the Coronavirus Pandemic Committee, is doing very well. We have stopped vehicular movements into Maiduguri.
“We have stopped our indigenes coming from abroad from coming and if they must come, we are taking them straight to the isolation centres. We have huge numbers of IDP camps and we have taken some measures, including frequent,” he said.