President Muhammadu Buhari means well for the people of Borno state, the North East and the nation, and will continue to work with security agencies to rid the nation of Boko Haram insurgency, and other forms of criminality
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) gave the assurance in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke in Abuja.
The two officials said the great strides the armed forces recorded since the advent of the Buhari administration in 2015 was enough evidence that President Buhari woulf not let north east or the nation down.
BMO said the people, particularly in Borno State, knew that there was no basis for comparing the situation prior to 2015 with what is on ground now.
The group said:”If there is anyone that has a good knowledge of the security situation in Borno State before 2015 and now, that person is the Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum.
“The one-time Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement has been vocal of late in raising alarm over what he described as horrific and spontaneous attacks.
“But he has also been telling anyone who cared to listen that the situation was more precarious before the inauguration of President Buhari administration.
“Governor Zulum even reaffirmed during a reception for the President in Maiduguri, that there used to be sporadic killings and bombings within Maiduguri and added that about 20 out of 27 council areas were displaced by the insurgents.
“We invite Nigerians to compare the picture painted by the Governor back then to now that Boko Haram has no territory under its control.
“It was also within this same period that the Buhari administration established the North East Development Commission (NEDC) to rebuild infrastructure destroyed by insurgents over the years.”
BMO also urged community leaders in the state to cooperate with the authorities to put an end to insurgency in the region.
“Just like President Buhari said, there is no way that insurgents who were pushed out of territories they once held could be launching sporadic attacks without the knowledge of local leaders.
“We believe that this is a real cause for concern at a time that Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are known to be gradually returning to their homestead.
“Like the President, we are soliciting the support of community leaders for efforts to end Boko Haram’s reign of terror.”
The group added the that new tactics introduced by the military could only succeed with proper intelligence and cooperation by people of the North-East.