Insurgency: Former Senate president writes 36 governors of Nigeria

Insurgency: Former Senate president writes 36 governors of Nigeria

- The Senate president during the Third Republic, Ameh Ebute, has written an open letter to Nigerian governors over the resurgence of insurgents in the northeast region of Nigeria

- Ebute said the lack of sustained collaboration between leaders in the region is the major cause of the resurgence

- The former lawmaker also urged governors of the Nigerian Governors' Forum to do more by supporting the efforts of the military to end insurgency in Nigeria

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A former Senate president, Ameh Ebute, has detailed reasons behind the resurgence of Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast region of Nigerian.

Ebute in a letter to governors of the 36 states in Nigeria, said lack of political collaboration between major stakeholders in Borno state has led to the resurgence of the activities of the terrorists.

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He said the resurgence of the terrorist group cannot be attributed to military sabotage as believed by some persons.

In his letter dated August 6, 2020, and addressed to the Nigerian Governors' Forum (NGF) through its chairman, Fayemi Kayode, who is the governor of Ekiti state called on governors to take responsibility and not shift the blame to the military.

The Third Republic lawmaker said the military alone cannot execute the task of eliminating terrorists in the region especially in an environment of extreme sabotage and conspiracies.

He said the military must also be encouraged and appreciated to continue to give in their best in the task at hand.

Boko Haram: Former Senate president writes open letter to governors

Governors have been asked to complement the efforts of the military. Photo credit: NGF website
Source: UGC

Ebute said: "The burden of leadership requires that even on bad days, we have a responsibility to our people to be fair and consistent. We must set the example in everything we do, every day, and lead every minute of every day through words and actions."

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According to Ebute, the recent upsurge in the level of insecurity in the country should elicit concern from all stakeholders, including governors who are the chief security officers of their various states.

"The military can continue to kill the terrorists but we must know that they labour in vain if the virus is not treated from the root," Ebute said.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the former lawmaker had commended President Muhammadu Buhari for showing commitment in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists.

Ebute said northern elders in the region have failed by not making efforts to complement the activities of the military against the terrorists.

He said there has been a significant turnaround in the fight against insurgency in the region which is not being appreciated.

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