Boko Haram: How Buhari Should Tackle Insurgents – Borno Gov.

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Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to use force against Boko Haram insurgents.

Zulum made the plea on Wednesday following Boko Haram fighters’ attack on over four Nigerian Army bases in the Mobbar, Damasak, Monguno and Gajiram areas of Borno State.

He also visited Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday.

According to him, “You are aware that some incidents occurred two, three days ago where about 40 people were killed in Konduga.

“By and large, we are aware of steps the president is willing to take that will virtually bring that issue to a standstill.

“But most importantly, there is [a] need for the Federal government to also open other opportunities of bringing down the crisis rather than the kinetic force.

“It is also important for those people who have been forced to join the insurgency; if they are integrated into the society, I think this will be good.

“There is an existing policy within the military called Operation Safe Corridor just to strengthen the system. By and large, we are optimistic that Borno State will bounce back again.”

On why he visited Buhari, he said: “I’m basically here to discuss with Mr. President on how possible the Federal government can strengthen the current security situation on [the] ground as well as strengthen the means of livelihood of the entire people of Borno State.

“Basically, we want to address the root causes of the insurgency, especially the issue of access roads, access to farm lands and the issue of strengthening the Civilian JTF and the military to do their jobs better than before.

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