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Borno is safer than Abuja, Zamfara, other volatile states –Gov Shettima

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Outgoing governor of Boko Haram troubled state of Borno, Kashim Shettima, has boasted that the North-East state is safer than Nigeria’s seat of power, Abuja.

According to him, the state is also safer than than Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto and many other states of the federation.

Shettima stated this when the chairman, House Committee on Army, Rima Shawulu, and other members of the House of Representatives paid him a courtesy call at the Government House, Maiduguri.

“The military and other security agencies are doing their best in Borno State, the only problem now is the inadequate publicity accorded to our military operations. For example, when Boko Haram attacks and kill even one person, it will be celebrated on the front page of our newspapers, but when military kill dozens of insurgents and capture several others alive, such success against the insurgents will be published in a tight corner of our newspapers.

“Our Military is now overwhelmed with the increasing security challenges in some parts of the country; there is the deployment of soldiers in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, and many volatile states of the federation despite the paucity of funds and inadequate personnel.

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“Presently, Borno is safer than Abuja, Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto and other volatile states of the federation. This is because, in Borno, we don’t have cases of kidnapping, banditry as obtained in other states mentioned earlier. I want to appeal to this Committee to serve as a soul, driver, and consciousness of our great nation, for peace to reign. We in Borno do not have the issue of kidnapping or banditry, and I believe very soon we will overcome our security challenges,” he said.

The governor’s claim is coming at a time there is hardly a day that passes without stories of terrorist Boko Haram attacking one military base, or a community in Borno State.

Ebere Ndukwu

Ebere is a lover of investigative journalism, always seeking to unearth the hidden.

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Ebere Ndukwu

Ebere is a lover of investigative journalism, always seeking to unearth the hidden.