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Gov. Shettima flays senator over Boko Haram statement





Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima has described as unfortunate a statement credited to Senator Kaka Bashir Garbai that some parts of the state were still fully under the control of the Boko Haram terrorist group.

The governor stated that the senator must have spoken out of emotion, or had been probably misquoted, as there are no parts of Borno State currently under the control of the insurgents.

“Maybe, the statement Senator Garbai gave to the media was done out of his emotions when he visited the affected areas or he was misquoted. I have been trying to get contact with the Senator on this unfortunate statement.”

According to him, all 27 local government areas in the state have been liberated by the military.

Shettima just returned from a trip to Saudi Arabia where he led some other northern governors for a meeting with officials of Islamic Development Bank and Saudi authorities on rebuilding the north, particularly north east.

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He stated that “As Chief Security Officer of Borno State, I am telling you authoritatively that our military deserves commendation, because all my local government areas have been liberated. Only few insurgents that remain in the Sambisa Forest desperate to launch some pockets of attacks are what we are now witnessing as a result of the bombardment that is going on in their hideouts.”

Gov. Shetima said the military and other security operatives on the platform of ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’, had been doing their best in the last six months as the terrorists’ capacity had been whittled down leaving only pockets of them remaining in the Sambisa Forest.

He later drove to Dalori and other surrounding villages that were destroyed by insurgents last week where he condoled with the victims and prayed for quick recovery of the injured.

The governor told the people of the affected communities that government had already liaised with the military to provide them with adequate security and urged them not to flee as his administration would spend N100 million to rebuild their destroyed houses.

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