Monday, February 8, 2016 9:22 pm
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has debunked a recent claim by Senator Baba Kaka Bashir Garbai that Boko Haram controls substantial parts of the state.
The Senator had told journalists over the weekend during a visit to one of the villages near Maiduguri recently attacked by Boko Haram that despite claims of military and the Federal Government, the insurgent group is still in control of significant parts of Borno State.
But Shettima described the comments of the senator as mere emotional outburst.
Governor Shettima who stated this while speaking with journalists shortly after arriving Maiduguri from an official visit to Saudi Arabia, said “the claim by the senator representing Borno Central in the senate, Senator Baba Kaka Garbai that the military has not degraded Boko Haram, was emotional outburst.
“It is either the senator was emotional or misquoted. The military has recorded tremendous successes in the fight against Boko Haram in the last six months.
“You know Ngala, Dikwa and some areas were recently liberated and as the Chief Security Officer of the state, I can confidently say Boko Haram has been decimated, demoralised and degraded. Borno is better off than it was six months ago,” Shettima said.
Kashim urged the people of the state to continue to support military and security agencies with useful information to enhance their counter-insurgency operations.
He however failed to contradict the claims by the Senator that the insurgents are still active even in parts of the local governments the military claimed it has liberated from Boko Haram.
Meanwhile, Air Commodore Dele Alonge has been appointed the Media Coordinator of Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole.
A statement signed by the Deputy Director, 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, Colonel Mustapha Abubakar Anka stated that, he is an alumni of National Defence University Islamabad-Pakistan and also seasoned Public Relations Officer.
Air Commodore Alonge who is a member of many professional bodies was the Director Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force before his new appointment