Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum says Boko Haram was almost annihilated in 2017, adding that lack of manpower, has contributed to the inability of the Nation, to win the war against the Boko Haram insurgency. Babagana Zulum disclosed this when the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Defence, Babajimi Benson, led members of the committee on a courtesy visit to the Borno State Government House, Maiduguri on Wednesday.
Zulum, who called on the Government to revisit its tactics in confronting the insurgents, said the strategies of 2016 and those of 2017, yielded results. “I plead with Mr. President and as well as the military to revisit the strategy used during 2016/2017 that we were almost celebrating the demise of Boko Haram, so that we can deal with the insurgents,” Zulum said.
Speaking on the military strength, Zulum said: “You cannot fight this war without manpower, technology and a proper funding. “I have always admitted that the Federal Government has done well under President Buhari. “At a time about 20 local government areas were displaced but after May 29, 2015 almost all the roads were opened and the local governments retrieved. “But notwithstanding the gains that we had, between March 2019 and now, we have experienced horrific and simultaneous attacks throughout the state. As I told the Theatre Commander we are experiencing the attacks in quick geometrical ratio.”
In their response, the members of the House of Representatives Committee on Defence, condoled with the people of Borno State, and assured them of all the support of the legislature in the fight against insurgency.