By: Babagana Bukar Wakil Ngala, Maiduguri
Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum visited Jakana, one of the major towns along Maiduguri-Damaturu highway, during which he expressed serious anger what has become routine attacks on travellers and villagers by Boko Haram.
Zulum said it was disappointing that majority of the attacks within the last two years, took place between Auno and Jakana, a distance of about 20 kilometers.
However, the governor said he is really disappointed that despite all support from both the Federal and State government, the military is failing to secure an area of 20 kilometers, which is the distance between Auno and Jakana.
Zulum said, if the military cannot secure 20 kilometers, how can they keep people with the hope they will defeat the Boko Haram.
The governor said when he travelled with journalists from Maiduguri to Jakana. They did not see soldiers on the road, even the state own rapid response squad the road.
He recalled that this year alone, the insurgents carried out many attacks along Maiduguri-Damaturu-Kano road, including the one in February, in which over 30 persons including nursing mother and an infant were burnt to death as travelers.
Zulum however assured residents along the road that he was going to immediately hold a security meeting and hopefully come up with more measures to secure the highway.
The governor urged citizens to continually support the military by sharing information that would generate credible intelligence on the activities of insurgents.