Ondo election not your business; face Boko Haram – Zulum charges Army


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Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum has advised the Army not to bother with providing security during Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Ondo State and focus on ending Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.

He stated this on Tuesday at the opening ceremony of the combined Chief of Army Staff Quarterly Conference in Maiduguri.

The governor explained that it was the duty of the police to ensure internal security during elections.

Zulum said he was perturbed by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai’s recounting of troop’s successes in election security in Edo State with a promise to repeat same in Ondo.

However, he implored the Army to embark on confidence building and confidence sharing with communities where they were currently carrying out operations.

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Zulum said the Army should confront Boko Haram in all their strongholds and embark on “clinical clearance” of remnants of the insurgents after every operation.

Also, the governor hailed the Army’s renewed vigour in counter-insurgency operations in the North-East.

Earlier, Buratai lauded officers and men for displaying professionalism during the Edo gubernatorial election held on September 19.

He disclosed that their performance elicited commendations from all sections of society.

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