Anti-Terrorism Fight: We’ve Recorded Tremendous Progress Despite Challenges – Borno Govt
The Borno State government says significant progress has been recorded in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency, although there are still some security concerns raised in the Northeast region.
Spokesman for Governor Kashim Shettima, Mr Isa Gusau, stated this on Thursday during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
“Yes we have challenges, but the fact is that there has been tremendous progress,” he said.
“People have increasing confidence in the fact that security is improving and then a lot of people are returning voluntarily while the fear of attack is reducing.”
Gusau’s comment comes on the heels of a series of renewed attacks by the insurgents which left many dead and several others injured and displaced in some communities in the state.
He, however, insisted that the Federal Government and the military have recorded a tremendous progress in tackling the activities of the terrorists in the region.
The governor’s aide pointed out that the return of Internally Displaced Persons in 25 out of the 27 local government areas of the state was an evidence that the attacks have been reduced when compared to previous administrations.
He said, “If you take a look at the 27 local government areas of Borno State, I will tell you that people are back to the headquarters of 25 out of 27 local government areas.
“The only two local governments that I will say people are not at all back because military operations and of problems of inaccessibility are Abadam Local Government and Magumeri, within the northern part of Borno.”
Gusau commended the Muhammadu Buhari administration for showing what he described as the sincerity of purpose in the fight against terrorism in the country.
Meanwhile, at least 15 people have been killed in a renewed attack by the insurgents on some villages close to Maiduguri, the state capital.
Witnesses said security operatives on the ground were faced with superior firepower and outnumbered as over 200 terrorists reportedly stormed the villages on Wednesday.
The affected villages are Kofa, Abba Malumti, Gozari, and Dalori II Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp, all in Konduga LGA.