Reacting to the statement credited to Borno Central Senator, Baba Kaka Bashir Garbai, that Borno State is being equally shared between Boko Haram and the Nigerian military, residents of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, have stated that the senator’s position was the reality on ground.
Garbai, had informed journalists last Saturday during a condolence visit to Dalori village where over 200 persons were reported killed by the insurgents, that Boko Haram still occupy some areas in Borno.
“I feel highly demoralized, devastated in the sense that this is the village we came during the election and they were going about their normal business. The activities that were ongoing was like confidence building. They actually got the signal a few days before the attack that the insurgents were likely to attack them, they reported to the constituted authorities but nothing was done.” Garbai told newsmen during his visit.
On Wednesday, a cross section of individuals, civil servants and businessmen, who gather at the vendor’s stall in the Post Office area near the Musa Usman secretariat to read newspapers were seen reacting to both Garbai and Senator Ali Ndume’s statements on Borno security situation.
It would be recalled that Senator Ali Ndume on Sunday said there is no cause for alarm as the Buhari administration and Nigerian military are on top of the situation in the Northeast.
“I still have confidence in our military, I still want to believe that our military are on top of the situation. What is happening these days is the issue of intermittent suicide bombing and desperate attacks by the insurgents because their supply routes have been cut off and they attack in other to get supplies. They have been carting away foodstuffs of attacked communities.”
The Senate Leader while arguing that the insurgency is winding out, said the recent setbacks are not limited to Nigeria alone, insisting that United States and recently France have come under isolated terrorist attacks.
But residents told newsmen that Senator Babakaka Garbai remains the only federal lawmaker from Borno speaking the truth, accusing others of aligning themselves with the politics involved in the fight against the insurgents.
Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, an aluminus of ABU and a Civil Servant said, “Senator Baba Kaka Garbai is now our hero in Borno in the issue of Boko Haram. I hope that the Nigerian President takes his statement serious and look into it. We in Borno state knows that he has spoken the truth.
“This is what has been itching us and there can be no other truth than what the Borno Central Senator revealed. From his analysis of the situation, of the 24 local government council in the state, three are under complete control of Boko Haram, while 21 are being shared between them and the Nigerian military. I sincerely believe that is the whole truth.” he said.
Another resident, Alhaji Tukur Munkaila said: ” It is like our Senator representing southern Borno (Ndume) has lost his sense of judgement. He used to be admired for standing with the truth, but his statement last on Sunday put him in the lines of those who are ruining this country. I still believe it is not Ndume’s talking when his local government Gwoza is known to be under the control of the insurgents.”