- Northeastern governors have revealed what they discussed with President Buhari
- The governors of the region met with the Nigerian leader on Monday, August 10, at the Presidential Villa
- The governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum said Boko Haram is recruiting more members
PAY ATTENTION: Click “See First” under the “Following” tab to see Legit.ng News on your Facebook News Feed
Northeast governors in Nigeria on Monday, August 10, told President Muhammadu Buhari that Boko Haram insurgents are recruiting more members in the region.
The governors disclosed after a closed-door meeting with President Buhari alongside Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and the heads of security agencies at the Presidential Villa, The Cable reports.
Borno state governor, Babagana Zulum, addressing journalists a week after his convoy was attacked by insurgents said the leaders of the region highlighted key security challenges in the area.
Zulum who also serves as the Chairman of North East Governors’ Forum (NEGF) said the governors recommended that the police be empowered with adequate equipment to bridge the existing gap in manpower and reduce insurgency.
The northeast governors, went on to ask the federal government to address the causes of insurgency in their region, adding that access to farmlands is one of the major sources.
The Borno state governor speaking further on what they discussed with the president, said the northeast governors commended the efforts of the federal government in securing the region.
He said: “The government of the region has commended the efforts of the federal government in securing the region. However, we told me the president that there is a need for the federal government to address the causes of the insurgency, which are not limited to endemic poverty, hunger among others.
“One of the root causes is that of access to farm lands, people need to go back to their farmlands, people need to be resettled in their original homes so that they can restart their means of livelihood.
“This is one of the reasons the insurgents are recruiting more into the sect. Therefore, creating enabling environment (that) will enable the people to go about their normal duties will no doubt reduce the cases of insurgency.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a former Senate president, Ameh Ebute, 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.
He said the resurgence of the terrorist group cannot be attributed to military sabotage as believed by some persons.
In a related development, a security expert, Terrence Kuanum, has said that an end to insurgency in the northeast region of Nigeria is near.
Kuanum while commending the recently launched Strategic War Room by the chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai, and his counterpart in the air force, Abubakar Sadique, said the initiative will end of all acts of terrorism in Nigeria.
Speaking in Abuja on Saturday, August 8, Kuanum said recent development within the armed forces of Nigeria is of strategic importance to the ongoing war against insurgency and banditry.
He said the war room collaboration among the service chiefs if sustained would wipe out terrorists in the region.
Nigerian Air Force Operations Against Boko Haram | - on Legit TV