The Executive Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, has expressed his frustration over the commitment of the Military authorities to clear Boko Haram insurgents from Baga town, in Kukawa Local Government Area of the State, .
He expressed his frustration, following an assault on his convoy by suspected members of the Boko Haram group, on his way from Baga.
Baga town is approximately 196km from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.
The Governor was furious that despite the huge number of Military presence in mile 4, which is only 4km away from Baga, they could not take over the town.
Governor Zulum made the disclosure, while flagging off the reopening of Monguno Baga highway to motorists, after two years of closure.
His words: “You have been here for over one year now; there are 1,181 Soldiers here. If you cannot take over Baga, which is less than 5km from your base, then should we forget about Baga? I will inform the Chief of Army Staff to redeploy these men to other places that they can be useful.
“You people said there is no Boko Haram here, then who attacked us? I doubt if there is any Boko Haram in this town, I can go in and sleep here.”
Governor Zulum’s convoy was ambushed by suspected members of Boko Haram in Baga town, on Wednesday.
He had led hundreds of residents of Kukawa, Cross, and Baga, to their ancestral towns, two years after occupation by Boko Haram.