Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has said his state that has been under attacks by Boko Haram terrorists in the last 10 years is now safer for business compared to states like Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina and Abuja the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
Shettima who spoke when Chairman House Committee on Army, Rima Shawulu led other members of the House of Representatives on a courtesy call at the Government House, Maiduguri, said although there were pockets of attacks masterminded by degraded insurgents in some parts of the state, it was lamentable that the insurgents were given much more publicity than Nigerian security forces.
According to him: “The military and other security agencies are doing their best in Borno State, the only problem now is the inadequate publicity accorded to our military operations. For example, when Boko Haram attacks and kill even one person, it will be celebrated on the front page of our newspapers, but when military kill dozens of insurgents and capture several others alive, such success against the insurgents will be published in a tight corner of our newspapers.
“Our Military is now overwhelmed with the increasing security challenges in some parts of the country, there is the deployment of soldiers in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, and many volatile states of the federation despite paucity of funds and inadequate personnel.
“Presently, Borno is safer than Abuja, Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto and other volatile states of the federation. This is because in Borno, we don’t have cases of kidnapping, banditry as obtained in other states mentioned earlier. I want to appeal to this Committee to serve as a soul, driver and consciousness of our great nation, for peace to reign. We in Borno do not have issue of kidnapping or banditry, and I believe very soon we will overcome our security challenges.”