Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state Wednesday said, the state which has been under series of attacks by Boko Haram insurgents in the last 10 years is now safe and even better secured than Zamfara, Kaduna and Abuja as there are no cases of kidnapping, armed banditry, armed robbery and other related crimes.
The governor stated when members of the House of Representatives Committee on Army led by its Chairman, Rimammade Shawulu led other members on a courtesy call to the governor in Maiduguri.
He said, although, there are pockets of attacks in the past masterminded by the degraded Boko haram insurgents in some parts of the state, it is worrisome that the insurgents were given undue publicity in the social media instead of the efforts of the military
He said: “However, the military and other security agencies are doing their best in Borno state, the only problem now is the inadequate publicity accorded to our Military Operations
“For example, when Boko Haram attacks and kill even one person.It will be celebrated on the front page of our Newspapers, but when military kill dozens of insurgents and capture of several others alive, such success against the insurgents will be published in a tight corner of our newspapers.
“Our Military are now overwhelmed with the increasing security challenges in some parts of the country, there are deployment of soldiers in Lagos, Zamfara, Kaduna, Abuja and other volatile states of the federation despite the paucity of funds and inadequate personnel.
” I want to appeal to this Committee to serve as a soul, driver and consciousness of our great nation, for peace to reign. We in Borno do not have issue of kidnapping or banditry, and I believe very soon we will overcome our security challenges”. Shettima said.
Earlier in his remark, the Chairman of the Committee Rimammade Shawulu said, when in Maiduguri, the committee visited the military cemetery at Maimalari Cantonment, laid wreath to paid their last respect to the fallen heroes, visited the military hospital and workshops.
He also appealed to the Govenror as a matter of importance to continue to assist the Nigerian Army operations in the state.