The Chairman Northern States Governors Forum and Governor of Niger state, Mu’azu Aliyu, has described the recent bombings in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, as an attempt by the Boko Haram terror group to create the impression they are unshaken by the ongoing military operation in their stronghold.
Mr. Aliyu said this in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Israel Ebije, on Monday and urged Nigerians especially those living in flash point areas of the North to remain calm.
He said the terror activities in the North will soon be a thing of the past.
He also said the military under the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan is doing its best to put an end to insurgency in the North.
“Let me condole with the families of those who lost their lives in the recent Maiduguri blasts. It is indeed sad they had to die that way. I am however confident they did not die in vain. The terror group is only picking soft targets to appear relevant.”
“Our soldiers are working very hard to end terrorism in the North, I therefore urge Nigerians to eschew sentiments and support government of President Jonathan to win the war against terror. We must therefore stop politicising terror, we must see war against terror as our collective duty to God and mankind to end it.”
He urged people living in terror prone areas of the North to remain vigilant adding that movement of unfamiliar persons or group of people must be investigated.
Mr. Aliyu, who expressed optimism that activities of Boko Haram will soon become history, stated that the effort of the military is a remarkable step towards bringing lasting peace to the trouble areas of the North.
He said more security measures should be put in place to ensure the forthcoming election does not record attacks.