The fact is that Boko Haram are still prowling Borno and Yobe State at will and have not be decimated or technically defeated, as the federal government likes to put it. Don’t be deceived about it. Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, the Governor of Borno State, of all people should know that. They have continued to attack our military positions and have killed a lot of our gallant soldiers even though the casualties may be more on their own side. They have been persistent in their utopian quest for Islamic State, once in Nigeria, but now in West Africa.
Despite all that is going on in the epicenter of Boko Haram, which is Borno and Yobe states, Governor Zulum has continued to show bravery, traveling all around the local governments, even at the threats of imminent attacks, to see his people, the common and vulnerable people to ensure governance reaches them. However, there is nothing wrong with being careful.
I don’t know if Governor Zulum has been drawn deep into the Abuja interpretation of the Boko Haram crisis, that they have been decimated or technically defeated.
If a governor’s convoy can be attacked and 30 of the people on his entourage killed, then it is quite clear that all is not well as it is being painted in Abuja.
Governor Zulum must now think of reducing this cowboy style of traveling around Borno. It’s not safe. This is not the first time his convoy has been attacked. With these casualties, it is clear that he should be mindful of the lives that are put in danger. Borno is not safe yet.
While I personally admire Governor Zulum’s courage, I think it is dangerous to be moving around Borno, even for a governor, it is dangerous.
I think the politicians in Abuja are relaxing too much. The House of Representative members and senators are not putting enough pressure on the president and the whole executive members responsible for this war against terror to do more and do it differently. If Chad can do that to Boko Haram inside Nigeria’s soil, what then are we not doing rightly?
For Govenor Zulum, like I have said before, it’s time to be careful. The risk is too much.