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Take fight to Boko Haram, PMB directs army

Senate President Ahmed Lawan addressing mourners at Zabarmari, Jere local government

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the army to completely rout out Boko Haram insurgents by taking the battle to their hideouts.

The President gave the directive when a federal government delegation visited Borno state Governor Babagana Zulum at the Government House Maiduguri, over the ‘slaughtering’ of 43 farmers by the suspected insurgents, in Koshebe, Mafa local government area.

The 43 were buried on Sunday, with many more believed to be missing.

Senate President Dr Ahmed Lawan said the visit was at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari to commiserate with government and people of Borno state over the senseless killings.

He said fighting insecurity remains top priority of government.

He assured that all the needed resources will be provided to prosecute the war on terror in Borno and other criminal activities in different parts of the country.

Governor Babagana Zulum said the security situation had changed from what it was in 2015.

He called on the federal government to recruit more youths of the state into the armed forces and other security agents, engage the services of security forces from neighbouring countries to clear the remnants of the insurgents from the shores of Lake Chad and provide high calibre equipment to Nigeria Police.

The Governor also want the National Assembly to increase budgetary allocation to the Northeast, as only N45 billion was appropriate for capital projects in the 2021 fiscal year.

FG should also repatriate Borno indigenes in camps in neighbouring countries, he added.

The Federal Government delegation also visited the Shehu of Borno Alhaji Abubakar Garbai Elkanemi.

They were also at Zabarmari to condole with families of victims.

Other members of the delegation include Chief of Staff to the President, Ministers of Federal Capital Territory, Communications and Digital Economy, Miniaters of State Agriculture and that of Works and Housing.

Dauda Iliya

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