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“Presently, Borno is safer than Abuja, Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto” – Shettima

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Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima has boasted that the state is now safer for business than Abuja and the North West states of Zamfara, Sokoto and Katsina.

He made this known on Wednesday when the Chairman, House Committee on Army, Hon. Rima Shawulu led other members of the House of Representatives on a courtesy call at the Government House, Maiduguri.

Shettima lamented that the media were giving more publicity to pocket of Boko Haram attacks still occurring in the state than the heroic efforts of the military, which he said has decimated the terror group.

According to the governor, “The military and other security agencies are doing their best in Borno State, the only problem now is the inadequate publicity accorded to our military operations.

“For example, when Boko Haram attacks and kill even one person, it will be celebrated on the front page of our newspapers, but when military kill dozens of insurgents and capture several others alive, such success against the insurgents will be published in a tight corner of our newspapers.

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“Our Military is now overwhelmed with the increasing security challenges in some parts of the country, there is the deployment of soldiers in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, and many volatile states of the federation despite paucity of funds and inadequate personnel.

“Presently, Borno is safer than Abuja, Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto and other volatile states of the federation.

“This is because in Borno, we don’t have cases of kidnapping, banditry as obtained in other states mentioned earlier.

“I want to appeal to this Committee to serve as a soul, driver and consciousness of our great nation, for peace to reign.

“We in Borno do not have issue of kidnapping or banditry, and I believe very soon we will overcome our security challenges.”

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John is a University of Lagos-trained journalist. His views are always the end products of a deliberate search for information and knowledge. He has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He is an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming. If you know the capitals of 45 African countries by heart, then you are exactly like him.

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