- The governor of Borno state held separate meetings with Naval, Air force chiefs in Abuja
- The subject matter of the meetings which were held at Air Force and Naval headquarters were on security issues in Borno state
- This is coming after the president held a meeting with governors from the northeast region of the country
Borno state governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, on Tuesday, August 11, met with both the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar.
Legit.ng gathered that this was part of the series of engagements scheduled for the governor's ongoing official visit to Abuja.
Zulum discussed security issues in Borno state with the service heads in separate meetings which were held at Air Force and Naval headquarters in Abuja.
The governor first held a closed-door meeting with Vice Admiral Ibas at the Naval headquarters, after which he called for the deployment of more naval personnel to Borno.
While commending the naval personnel for their efforts in the counter-insurgency operations in the northeast, the governor was full of praise for the Airforce chief, stressing that the force's base in Maiduguri has responded to all the intelligence information he has shared with them.
He described the Nigerian Navy as a critical component of operations in the shores of the Lake Chad.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, August 11, held another meeting with members of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) and the security council at the state house in Abuja.
The meeting was mostly virtual as most of the participating governors were linked via video call.
Some of the governors who reportedly joined via video call included, Yahaya Bello of Kogi state, Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa state, Babagana Zulum of Borno state, David Umahi of Ebonyi and Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
In a related development, northeast governors in Nigeria on Monday, August 10, told President Buhari that Boko Haram insurgents are recruiting more members in the region.
The governors disclosed this at a closed-door meeting with President Buhari alongside Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and the heads of security agencies at the Presidential Villa.
Borno state governor, addressing journalists, said the leaders of the region highlighted key security challenges in the area.
Zulum 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.
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