The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, has lambasted the Nigerian Army over its laxity in the securing of the state's roads, adding that he was "disappointed".
Zulum said that the military could not secure a 20-kilometre road between Auno and Jakana in Borno State.
He said that the road which falls along the Maiduguri-Damaturu-Kano road is a hotspot of activities for Boko Haram.
The governor said that he had defended the Nigerian military on occasions because he knew "the true picture of things" but that he was disappointed in the force despite all the support of the state and federal government.
He said, “I have had occasions to defend the Nigerian military in order to boost the morale of commanders and their troops at the front lines because I know the true picture of things.
“However, I am really disappointed that despite all support from both the federal government and from us in Borno state, our military is failing to secure an area of 20 kilometers, which is the distance between Auno and Jakana.
“And incidentally, majority of Boko Haram attacks along this Maiduguri-Damaturu-Kano road, keeps happening between Auno and Jakana. So, if the military cannot secure 20 kilometers, how can they keep us with the hope they will defeat the Boko Haram?
“With all you (journalists), we drove from Maiduguri to here, Jakana. We did not see soldiers on the road. We did not see even our own Rapid Response Squad on this road and they were trained, employed, kitted and paid to protect all Nigerians within their areas of operation and these Nigerians include travelers plying this busy and important road.”