The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, on Monday confirmed that the Nigerian military has gained upper hand in the ongoing war against the insurgent group, Boko Haram.
Mr. Shetitima, who spoke to journalists in Maiduguri shortly after his arrival from Saudi Arabia, said he was aware of the tremendous success recorded by the nation’s military in the fight against terror.
The governor was apparently reacting to the claim by Baba Kaka Garbai, a senator representing Borno Central in the National Assembly, that Boko Haram still controls a substantial part of the state.
Mr. Shettima described the statement credited to the national lawmaker as “an emotional outburst,” saying as the state’s chief security officer, he was satisfied with what the military has done.
“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,” Governor Shettima said.
“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.”
The governor, therefore, urged the people of the state to continue to support the military and security agencies with useful information to enhance their counter-insurgency operations.
Meanwhile, Dele Alonge, an air commodore 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; Mustapha Anka, indicated that Mr. Alonge is an alumni of the National Defence University Islamabad-Pakistan and a seasoned public relations officer.
Before his new appointment, he was the director of public relations and information of the Nigerian Air Force.