The Special Adviser to the Governor of Borno State on Media, Isa Gusau, disclosed that in the last two and a half years, the Borno State Government has spent close to 10billion Naira in rebuilding communities and villages that were burnt during different attacks.
He said that these funds that have been used could have been channelled into the state for other purposes, urging that the issue of Boko Haram is a national crisis that would require the Federal Government to deal with immediately.
Speaking on Channels Television Saturday Programme, Sunrise, Mr. Gusau said “some people are trying to sabotage the nation by using the armed forces against the government”, he further explained that the highly publicised statement by the State Governor, Kashim Shettima was a way of telling Government that the soldiers need to be more equipped.
He said that there was need for the Nigerian security agencies to change security strategy and realize that “our enemies are getting much stronger.”
Gusau added that the problem of insurgency in Nigeria has been caused by leadership and lack of corporation, revealing that a lot of evolutions are going on in the military status.
He further advised that the government should yield to its responsibility in tacking the insurgency plaguing the country, especially in the North.
The governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, has blamed past administrations for neglecting the north east geo-political zone over years, and this he claim has led to the Boko Haram insurgence.
He lamented the poor attention given to the region and urged the federal government to come up with a road-map for development of the region.
The governor made this known while addressing a security summit on terrorism and other related crimes in Abuja on Tuesday, and he noted that job creation for youths must be taken seriously to stem the tide of crimes.
Governor Shettima also restated his belief in tackling terrorism through dialogue and economic empowerment.
He called on government officials and the political elite to shun acts of enriching themselves alone and take affirmative steps towards empowering and improving the living conditions of the poor as a panacea to checkmating growing insecurity in the country.
Government officials, security experts and diplomats were also at the gathering to discuss how to resolve the security problem that has bedeviled the country.
A lawyer and public analyst Professor Akin Oyebode expressed reservations about the recently passed Anti-terrorism Act of 2011 but argued on the stiffness of the punishment tied to the offenses.
Security experts call for a new approach in fighting terrorism, urging the government to do away with the use of force.
They called for the use of intelligence based approach, training of forensics experts and major improvement in the use of high tech equipment.