- Babagana Zulum of Borno says Boko Haram has festered as a result of some issues that need to be resolved
- One of such issues, according to him, is the lack of trust between the military and the civil authorities
- The governor further herpes on the need for the resettlement of the victims of insurgency in the north east
Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno, on Tuesday named two issues that have kept Boko Haram insurgency and attacks unabated in the north eastern part of Nigeria.
Zulum argued that there is increasing trust deficit between the military and civil authorities. He also identified what he described as lack of strategic planning as some of the issues responsible for the continued battle against the insurgents.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Zulum made the statement in Abuja during a lecture on strategic leadership organised for participants of 'Course 28' of the National Defence College.
The report quoted him as saying corruption and displacements were other reasons for the lingering war against insurgency in the region.
“You need to have what it takes to end a war, right ammunition, equipment; and the major problem we have now is the increasing trust deficit between the military and the civil authorities.
“It is a matter of great concern to all and there is need for us to bridge the trust deficit," he said.
The governor also noted that corruption and displacements are other reasons for the unending insurgency in the region.
“As long as the people are not resettled back to their communities, the war will not end, because people need to go back to their normal businesses,” Zulum said.
He further urged for stabilisation mechanism, reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement as a follow up to military operations in the north east to end the insurgency.
The governor, who noted that leadership responsibility under insurgency situation is a daunting task that requires trust and commitment, added that a strategic leadership must lead by example with a clear understanding of the vision and mission of government.
Governor Zulum said the lingering insurgency has caused humanitarian and displacement crisis with devastating political and social challenges in the state.
He recalled how he was appointed as commissioner for reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement by his predecessor in 2015 adding that this was to resolve the impact of the lingering insurgency in the region.
He also said his administration has adopted a 25 year development plan to ensure the reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement of those affected by the insurgency.
Legit.ng reports that Zulum recently clashed with the military when he accused soldiers of mounting road blocks and extorting money from motorists.
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