Two weeks after Boko Haram insurgents took over Gwoza, the senator representing Southern Borno state Ali Ndume, says his constituents remain under.
Mr. Ndume made the statement during a visit to some camps sheltering people displaced by the violence in Adamawa and Gombe states. He visited alongside Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State.
The senator, whose constituency includes Gwoza, said that six wards of Gwoza local government have been taken over by insurgents who have mounted their flags in those areas.
“We are under siege in Gwoza”, said Mr. Ndume, who is also a native of Gwoza local government.
“It is sad that we have to wait till now that people are being killed for government to take action. We know that for long, the road to Gwoza from Maiduguri had been a no-go area even for the soldiers.
“It is a known fact that soldiers of the Nigerian army have been overstretched in both human and material capacity. The federal government has to rise to the occasion to give these soldiers the needed support to work. Two major federal government bridges leading to Gwoza have been bombed and no one seemed concerned about this,” he said.
The senator lamented the unabated killing of innocent people by the insurgents.
He said he is doing his best to ensure that the insurgency is nipped adding that the war against insurgency must be won.
“Our hope is not lost because we kept praying that the insurgency will soon come to an end. This is not the first time in history of the nation that insurgency attack is happening. It had happened before, only that the way Nigeria is handling it is quite different,” he said.
“We are in Madagali, Gulak, Mubi and other villages in the borders of Borno and Adamawa to sympathise, console with our People over the lost of their beloved ones and properties. Today we will be visiting Biu and Gombe to meet with the other displaced persons there,” he stated.
Mr. Ndume attributed the persistent violence to “the way government is handling the issue”.
“We have learnt from our mistakes of handling the insurgency problem. If the right thing was done, it would not had happened in the first place. Now that it has happened there is no point apportioning blame on any person or group, this is the time to look for solution.
Mr. Ndume lamented that Gwoza, with a population of over 50,000 people, has now become a deserted town.