AHMED MARI, Maiduguri
The Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum has called on the military to strengthen the capacity of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), Vigilantes and hunters to safeguard their immediate communities.
He said this was necessary as the military don’t have the manpower to be everywhere within the theater, as they were faced with many challenges of insecurity such armed banditry, cattle rustling and kidnapping in Zanfara, Katsina and other parts of the country
The governor, who made the call when the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) paid him a courtesy call at the Government House Maiduguri on Monday said: “The Borno State is ready to spend its last kobo to partner with the Nigerian Army to strengthen our Civilian JTF, vigilantes and local hunters to safeguard our communities “.
While appealing to the military to ensure speedy economic recovery of the Northeast, the Governor said: “Over 80 per cent of our people are farmers and don’t have access to their farmlands. The military should work out plan to ensure that our famers have access to their farms during farming season and post harvest time. You should also open up our roads for the movement of goods and persons.”
He also implored the COAS to ensure that the local population are allow to partake in fish and cattle trading to boost the local economy because presently, the common man are not having enough access to the trade.
Zulum said: “The Borno State government is working hard to address the issue of youth unemployment, food security, and illiteracy; and for us to succeed, we have address the root cause of insurgency, which is illiteracy, unemployment and food security”.
“We have to critically examine the nexus of peace, security and development and draw a post insurgency stabilization plan to end Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast. We need your support and collaboration to achieve that”, he added.
Appreciating the military for liberating Borno from insurgents, he sympathizes with the military and the families of those who paid supreme price in safeguarding their nation, adding that in the last four years many parts of the state were occupied by the insurgents and only one road was accessible “but today courtesy of the military, all areas have been librated and roads were opened to ensure speedy economic recovery of the Boko Haram crisis affected Northeast region”.
Earlier speaking, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. General Tukur Buratai, said the military has already worked out a post insurgency stabilization plan to ensure the safety of both military and civilian populace and that very soon there will be a drastic reduction in Boko Haram activities in the Northeast.
“We have worked out post insurgency stabilization plan for the Northeast. We are going to operate differently from what we have been doing before in the counter Insurgency war, we are going facilitate the smooth returning of IDPs, worked out plans to ensure their safety as they go back and open access roads for the movement of people and goods”, General Buratai added.
He said counter-insurgency was not for military alone and urged the general public to support the military by giving information through identification of strange faces and movement among them.
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