We’re still under Boko Haram siege – Borno monarch tells Buhari


The Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Elkanemi, has pointed out that the people of the state are still under Boko Haram siege, stressing that nobody dares move 10 kilometres out of Maiduguri without being attacked by the insurgents.

Speaking when President Muhammadu Buhari paid him a courtesy call at his palace in Shehuri, Maiduguri, on Thursday, he stated that farmers in his domain are being killed and kidnapped on a daily basis.

Elkanemi countered claims by security operatives that the ongoing military operations, particularly in some parts of the state and the Lake Chad region, was yielding positive result.

He applauded efforts by Buhari towards ending the insurgency but stressed that there is much to be done for the people of the state to be free from the insurgents attacks.

The monarch said, “On behalf of the traditional institution in Borno, I want to commend your excellency for the commitment you have given towards ending the lingering crisis of Boko Haram.

“It is unfortunate that despite all efforts put in place to restore peace in our land and the north-east, we the people of Borno state are still under Boko Haram siege.

“Nobody can dare move out of Maiduguri by 10 kilometres without being confronted, attacked by Boko Haram.

“Quite a number of farmers are being killed and kidnapped on a daily basis around Molai General Area, which is just 10 kilometres away from the metropolis, along Maiduguri -Damboa -Biu road.

“Most of the surrounding villages and communities in Konduga, Damboa, Mafa and other local government areas have been razed down in the last two weeks.

“We plead that the federal government and the security agencies review the strategies in nipping this lingering crisis in the bud.”

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