Babagan Zulum, Borno State Governor has informed the Miltary that he will begin to be making use of hunters, Civilian Joint Task Force and others to be fighting Boko Haram insurgency if the military fail to be committed in the course of bring an end to terrorism in the State soon.
He made this statement when his convoy was attacked by Suspected Boko Haram fighters between Baga and Mungono on a routine inspection.
Zulum told reporters that as far as he is concerned what happened in Baga is a complete sabotage by the military. “There is no Boko Haram in Baga”. He insisted.
The governor also said that it is now obvious that the problem is not the President but the command and structure of the military and urged that there should be an adjustment to it.
Zulum further said that there are over 80,000 IDPs in Monguno, they cannot continue to depend on INGO and others for food, we have created opportunities for them to go back to their communities and continue with their business and farming activities and that after Sallah the government will allow the people to go back to Kukuwa. He then said that the military will be given some time to clear Baga and if they can’t, he will mobilize hunters, CJTF, and vigilantes to recapture Baga. “we cannot continue like this”. He said.
The attack did not stop the governor as he visited Kukawa. The headquarters of Kukawa local government before proceeding to Baga where he inspected the receding Lake Chad water which has the great fishing potentials for more than 10 million people.
Borno Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, has mourned the death of the five aid workers who were gruesomely executed by Boko Haram in course of serving humanity and described the victims as heroes.
Zulum’s spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau, said in a statement released Thursday morning, that the Governor was informed of the execution on Wednesday evening, while he was at headquarters of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Abuja to discuss introduction of civil-defence volunteer programme and the deployment of more agro rangers to secure farmers in Borno State.
The insurgents had released a video which showed five blindfolded aid workers with four of them shot at close range, while one was spared even though he was also positioned for execution.
The five aid workers were abducted weeks back during a humanitarian mission to support internally displaced persons (IDPs).
Gusau noted that Governor Zulum in his absence, directed a Government delegation to immediately visit families of the aid workers to participate in funeral activities and to pay condolence visits to affected humanitarian partners through UNOCHA.
The statement also added the Governor wants fresh ideas that would be the way out of the insurgency.
Zulum also urged all stakeholders to renew commitment to ending the insurgency by being open to new ideas and applying different measures that will hasten good results”, the statement said.
The Governor of Borno state, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has suspended all paid staff at the General Hospital situated in Ngala town.
The suspension came after Zulum’s unscheduled visit on Monday at 11am proved that the entire staff, had despite receiving government salaries, abandoned the hospital to an International non-governmental Organization, fhi360, which was managing hundreds of patients, majority of them, IDPs and residents.
The Governor was disappointed to find out that despite high turn out of patients, not one of the many government paid staff, from doctors down to clerical staff, was at the hospital at 11am
Saddened by what he found on ground, he ordered the suspension of all staff on the payroll of Borno Government.
“This is a General Hospital belonging to Borno State Government, unfortunately there is no single state Government staff here to attend to all these patients, and we promptly pay all of them salaries. These humanitarian workers from the iNGO (fhi360) are supposed to complement the state Government staff but not to completely take over the Hospital.
I am directing the Borno State Hospitals Management Board, if there is any staff on the payroll of this Hospital, to immediately suspend all the workers on government payroll. I will be back to this hospital, hoping to see the opposite of what I saw today” Zulum said.