- Borno state governor Kashim Shettima, on Wednesday, May 15, spoke on the improved level of security in Maiduguri
- Governor Shettima said that state is now safer than places like Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina and Abuja
- He, however, admitted that there are pockets of violent attacks by degraded Boko Haram insurgents in the state
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno on Wednesday, May 15, claimed that his state, compared to Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina and Abuja, is safer.
Admitting that there are minimal cases of violence and attack by insurgents in Borno, Shettima said that in other states, the level of crime is yet unabated. He lamented that Boko Haram terrorists are given more publicity than Nigerian security agencies, Vanguard reports.
Shettima said: “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 several others alive, such success against the insurgents will be published in a tight corner of our newspapers.
“Our Military is now overwhelmed with the increasing security challenges in some parts of the country, there is the deployment of soldiers in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, and many volatile states of the federation despite paucity of funds and inadequate personnel.
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“Presently, Borno is safer than Abuja, Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto and other volatile states of the federation. This is because in Borno, we don’t have cases of kidnapping, banditry as obtained in other states mentioned earlier."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Shettima had supported his Kano state counterpart, Umar Ganduje, for his approval of four more emirates law in Kano, saying ''what is so special about the Emir for God’s sake?”
Legit.ng gathered that Shettima disclosed this when the House of Representatives Committee on the Army paid him a visit at the Borno government house as part of their oversight functions.
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