Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has said that despite the recent happenings, records have shown that the security situation in Borno State and indeed the Entire North East Sub-region is far better under Buhari than it was in the past.
The Governor said this on Sunday while receiving elders from the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) led by the chairman of the forum’s board of trustee, Ambassador Shehu Malami and the forum’s executive chairman, Audu Ogbeh.
The forum’s visit was in reaction to Boko Haram’s beheading of over 40 farmers in Zabarmari, a farming community in Jere local government area of Borno State.
Speaking during the visit, Governor Zulum said: “From statewide statistics on affairs in the 27 local government areas since 2011, the fact is that despite the recent happenings in Borno State, the security situation in Borno and indeed that of the Entire North East Sub-region is still far better under Buhari, and this is based on records.”
The Governor noted that “unlike the years before Buhari when a number of local government were no-go-areas, we now have citizens led by our traditional rulers, safely back to Bama, Gwoza, Askira-Uba, Dikwa, Ngala, Monguno, Kukawa, Damboa, Konduga, Mafa, all of which no one could visit not talk of living there”.
He added, “Bama is coming back to life and so is Askira-Uba, Damboa, Gwoza and others. Life is even returning to Baga. This was impossible before Buhari. In fact, it was not possible to move few kilometers out of Maiduguri. Insurgents were so bold to attack and take over military facilities like the army barrack at Monguno, Bama, Giwa Barrack and Multinational Joint Task Force Headquarters at Baga to mention just a few.
“There were daily attacks bomb blasts in many parts of Maiduguri, the most populated part of the state but all of these have stopped under Buhari. These are the records and no one can dispute these records.”
For his part, Audu Ogbeh told Governor Zulum that the security situation in northern Nigeria was depressing, noting that elites in the region now have nothing to leave behind as legacies for the future generation which was why the ACF decided to talk less and focus on some developmental efforts in small scale agro-industries across the entire region.