By Victor Akaa, Abuja
Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has called on the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru to provide more security support for farmers to enhance more agricultural activities in the state that is ravaged by insurgency.
He made the request on Monday when he paid a courtesy call on the leadership of the Nigerian Army at the Army Headquarters in Abuja.
According to Zulum, who is a Professor, improving the means of livelihood for displaced persons and communities in Borno State is sine qua non for achieving lasting peace in the North East.
The Governor, who was accompanied to the visit by the political actors in the state including three Senators and two members if the state executive council, stressed the need for stakeholders in the North East to ‘be on the same page’ to address the myriad of problems bedeviling the zone.
While disclosing that Nigerian Army’s support boosted farming activities to about 25% in the State last year, Prof. Zulum, expressed belief that troops’ commitment in the ongoing counter-insurgency operation will create additional opportunities for agricultural activities to thrive in Borno.
He also said,the public has trust deficit on the government including the Nigerian military and urged all those concerned to bridge the gaps by rebuilding the trust on the populace.
The Governor however pledged to give his total support to the Army in their bid towards ending insurgency in order to stabilize the North East zone.
Responding, Lt. Gen. Attahiru, expressed gratitude to the Governor over the support he has continued to provide troops in Operation LAFIYA DOLE, which he said has boosted the troops’ morale.
He also applauded him for safely relocating thousands of IDPs to their ancestral homes, while also offering servant leadership to the people of Borno State.
The COAS, while assuring that his leadership will continue to work with the Borno State Government, said the Nigerian Army is doing everything possible to defeat both Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists.