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July 20, 2018

Boko Haram will target other geo-political zones, Borno Governor warns

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The Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima warned that if members of the Boko Haram sect are allowed to overrun the North-Eastern part of the country, they will seek to extend their territory to other parts of the country.

shettimaa-599x300The Governor maintained that negligence was responsible for the current state of insecurity in the nation.

He regretted that there was gross misunderstanding of Boko Haram crisis by those who should be in a position to proffer solution to the crisis.

Shettima in his speech at a two-day conference on security and human rights, organized by the Centre for Historical Documentation and Research, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, said the state government had spent over N10 billion as counterpart funds in fighting the insurgency since it began.

According to him, “If Boko Haram succeeds in overrunning the North-East as they seek, they will surely want to extend greater havoc to other parts of the North and if they overrun the North, they would want to extend to the South”.

He noted that negligence can be in form of failing to work hard to get the right intelligence at a good time or refusing to act appropriately with the right waves, or parents/teachers failing to instill the right habits in children to keep them out of crime.

The Governor lamented that the Boko Haram insurgency has drenched our society in blood and systematically, it has been responsible for a creeping destruction of the harmony of communities in huge swathes of the state especially, but also in other states of Northern Nigeria.

“This group of misdirected few among us has continued to unleash horror and of course, done so much harm to the integrity of the religion of Islam”, he said.

“To Boko Haram, the life of a Muslim who doesn’t share the sect’s ideology is as condemned as that of a Christian or a traditionalist”, Shettima revealed.


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