Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno, has said fighters of Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAP) are better armed than those of Boko Haram.
The governor spoke on Wednesday when he received members of the senate committee on army led by Ali Ndume — the lawmakers visited Zulum in Maiduguri, the Borno capital.
While commending the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and security agencies for major gains recorded in Borno, Zulum said he was deeply worried about the increasing presence of ISWAP in parts of the state, especially in southern Borno.
“Borno state has started witnessing the gradual return of peace. This will not be possible without the support of the federal government,” he said.
The governor also said stability, especially in the area of agriculture, has been recorded as a result of the recent surrender of insurgents to troops.
According to him, since the surrender of the insurgents, increased access to farms has grown by 700 percent.
He added that for peace to return to the region, he supports the continued combination of military warfare and political approach towards disarmament, deradicalisation and safe reintegration.
In his remarks, Ndume said the visit to Borno was to commend Zulum for the support he has been rendering to the army towards restoring peace.
“We are here on oversight, and to thank your excellency for the support that you have been giving to the army, which they themselves have acknowledged,” Ndume said.