Boko haram_ senator challenges military to stop propaganda – the nation nigeria


Senator representing Borno Central at the National Assembly Baba kaka Bashir Garbai has called on the military to desist from propaganda tool of deceiving people over the success and otherwise of their operations against the Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State. Sen. Garbai who took the center stage of national discourse yesterday after his assertion that the insurgents are still holding the state to the juggler has again on Monday disclosed that the propaganda tactic of the military is completely misleading the public over their success against the Boko

Haram operations in the state and other parts of the region, while calling on the military authorities to stop the propaganda tool and face reality. The embattled senator had yesterday expressed his concerns over renewed attacks on communities of Dalori, Alomari, Mmube Mairi, Malari and other surrounding villages near Maiduguri by insurgents in the couple of days ago said something must be done urgently to save the people from the clutches of the insurgents. The Senator who has visited the villages to sympathize and console with the fleeing villagers at Dalori, Alomari and Malari yesterday has appealed to the victims to take what happened to them as an act of God. His words: “I came here with other representatives from the National and State Houses of Assembly to sympathize and condole these villagers that were attacked and sacked by Boko Haram insurgents. “Just yesterday, another adjourning villages of Alomari, Malari and Mmube Mairi were attacked, leaving scores dead and injured before setting their houses ablaze. So who are we deceiving?

“As you can see, my people have lost everything, including their livestock, grains and other food items in the presence of our military and other security operatives at the theatre of the war, yet the military claimed that they have defeated/degraded boko haram which is not true”. He lamented. He further stated that contrary to the claims of the Nigerian Army reclaim several captured Borno communities; three councils of Mobbar, Abadam and Kala/Balge are still under the control of Boko Haram. “The facts on ground indicated that the military has to rise to the challenges of these insurgents that are still occupying some of our communities in 21 Local Government Areas of Borno state. “The only council areas in this state that are liberated by the military; and safe for our people to live and carry on their various socio-economic activities without fear of any attacks, are Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC), Bayo and Kwaya/Kusar. “It is not yet ‘urhuru’ for both the Federal Government and themilitary on degrading Boko Haram terrorists’ activities in Borno state.

“The levels of devastation to both lives and property in these two villages, is beyond one’s imaginations for any intervention and assistance from the State and Federal Governments. “Already, all the villagers have fled to Maiduguri for safety; and you are saying that the military have liberated all Borno communities, and asking Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to relocate back to their communities is very unfair. “Their communities are still unsafe, and asking IDPs to relocate is simply making them vulnerable to further attacks”. Garbai explained.

He insisted that “apart from Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, Kwaya Kusar and Bayo that are free from the occupation of insurgents, Mobbar, Abadam and Kala Balge are fully under Boko Haram control, while the remaining 21 Local Government Areas of the state are partially liberated”. Senator Garbai was on the visit in company of some House of Representative members including Hon. Kadiri Rahis representing Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC) went to destroyed palace of the District Head of Dalori, Alhaji Lawan Dalorima where he prayed Allah to grant Aljantul Firdaus to those who lost their lives during the attacks and wished the injured ones quick recovery. He made a personal donated of 1000 sets of wrappers, Shedda (men clothing) and the sum of N2 million to alleviate their immediate hardship, while other lawmakers donated food items and cash to the victims. He assured the feeing residents and other victims of insurgency that the Bill on the establishment of North East Development Commission (NEDC) has already passed the 1st reading at the floors of the National Assembly, and very soon it will scale 2nd and 3rd reading to become a law for its implementation towards rebuilding the entire region that was hitherto destroyed by insurgents in the last six years.