- President Buhari expressed his surprise as to how insurgents still launch attacks in the northeast
- The Nigerian leader said without the support of the people, the fight against insurgency can not be done
- The president revealed this on Wednesday, February 12, during a condolence visit in Maiduguri
A report by Channels TV indicates that Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari said despite the budgets on counter-insurgency operations he is surprised that Boko Hara continues to launch attacks on communities in the northeast.
The 77-year-old disclosed this on Wednesday, February 12, when he paid a condolence visit to the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar El-Kanemi, after a Boko Haram attack that claimed the lives of many.
President Buhari noted that without good intelligence and support of the people, the fight against insurgency can not be accomplished.
According to the president, operations against the insurgents will not be successful if the people do not cooperate with the military and other security agencies.
He said: “With my understanding of our culture, I wonder how Boko Haram survives up to this end. As the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, I campaigned in 2015 and last year on three fundamental issues which include security – you cannot preside over an institution or a country if it is not secured.
“This is just common sense, everybody knows this, even those that have not gone to school know this. As Commander-in-Chief, I am dealing with the security institutions and I believe there is an improvement in security.
Borno state governor, Babagana Zulum in reaction to the president's statement thanked him and praised the military for their efforts in the fight. He suggested to the military that they borrow from their successes and take the fight to the insurgents.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Buhari blamed community leaders in Borno state over the unending Boko Haram saga. The president alleged that the leaders are not cooperating enough with the military to end the Boko Haram insurgency.
According to the Nigerian leader, the insurgents cannot visit the state without the knowledge of the community leaders. The president said this in reaction to Governor Zulum and the Shehu of Borno’s comments.
In a related development, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu on Thursday, February 13, said miscreants who booed President Buhari during his condolence visit to Borno state were paid by some politicians.
Shehu disclosed this while speaking in an interview with BBC Hausa in Abuja. He explained that the president’s visit was protested by only miscreants. The presidential aide went on to note that though some Borno residents came out to thank the Nigerian leader and welcome him, others were shouting ‘we don’t want.’
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