Borno Governor, Zulum Tells Nigerian Army To Pride Self In War Against Insurgency Not Election Matters


By Henry Odeh


The executive governor of Borno state, Babangana Zulum, has told the Nigerian army to focus on the counter-insurgency operation in the northeast rather than taking pride in its effort in Nigerian elections especially over the just concluded Edo election.

Zulum gave the charge to the military on Tuesday, October 6, during the opening ceremony of the combined Chief of Army Staff Quarterly Conference in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state.

The governor explained that he was a bit scared when the chief of army staff, Major-General Tukur Buratai, was boasting about the impact of the army in the Edo election.

He stressed that the security threats in the northeast are demanding full military operation, urging the men of the force to position themselves at the forefront of counter-insurgency rather than election matters.

The governor said: “When the Chief of Army talked about the success story of Edo election and forthcoming Ondo poll, I was a bit scared because I want the attention of the Nigeria Military to be in the forefront fighting the insurgency.” gathers that Governor Zulum’s message to the military was made few days after his convoy was attacked by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in which over thirty backup security operatives were reportedly killed, though the governor left the scene unhurt.

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