Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, recently disclosed that the Boko Haram terrroists have been destroyed and are now only in control of two local governments out of the 20 they were controlling earlier despite the continuous bombardment of the terroists.
Shettima, made the disclosure receiving the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir David Lawan, who led a six-man committee inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari to pay condolence visits to Borno and Adamawa states, over the recent suicide attacks at their mosques.
The governor dismissed notions and accusations that the attacks were acts of authority of the insurgents. He said it was only a strategy by the insurgents to attract attention, having almost lost the battle. He insisted that the bombings that were witnessed in recent times were only to show to the world that the terrorists were still around and have no relevance to their prowess.
“They are presently controlling two local governments in Borno State; Abadam and Mobbar and partially in Marte,” he stated.
He disclosed that to forestall further attacks in mosques, he had summoned all Imams of mosques in Maiduguri, Jere and surrounding areas as well as district heads, village heads and those manning streets called lawans and Bulamas, for a security meeting which will be led by the Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Elkanemi.
The governor said the meeting scheduled for today would discuss firm measures that might require policy pronouncements required to address the renewed attacks.
The SGF whiled commiserating with the Governor and the people of Borno said, “the president on hearing what befell Adamawa and Borno states and the country yesterday (Friday) decided to set up this team to come and commiserate with you.
“The president is always compassionate and emotional when things like these happen to the people of Borno state, Nigeria is indeed very sad that these things continue to reoccur so often.”
“And knowing that their days are numbered it is clear that they have changed their styles and strategies and have now resorted to bomb blast even in religious areas, no one would have expected that one would have woken up to explode himself in a mosque, killing Muslims and maiming innocent worshippers in mosque.” He said.
Lawan in his response speech said “The president has asked that we show that security is everybody’s business, because some of these people live among us and the only way we can eliminate this menace is by being vigilant and observant. We should monitor the activities of people that seem strange and people that look strange and people that are strangers in our midst.”