The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Umara Zulum has said that the non-kinetic efforts of the Nigerian military are yielding results in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency in the state.
Zulum said due to the non-kinetic efforts by the military, no fewer than 160,000 Boko Haram insurgents and their families have surrendered to the military.
The governor further called for enhanced support of the military to address the inflow of small arms and the proliferation of light weapons from neighbouring countries.
The governor made the call on Tuesday when he hosted the two Ministers of Defence and service chiefs who were on an assessment visit to the Operation Hadin Kai Theatre command in Maiduguri, the state capital.
Governor Zulum said: “We have insurgency in other parts of the country but the security in the northeast is very important for the stability of the country because of the porous borders with Niger, Cameroon and Chad Republics.
“We have to ensure that we don’t have safe haven for ISWAP in the northeast as the Sahel is now a major problem.
"The only way we can degrade their presence is continued and sustained military operations."
He further commended the service chiefs for the visit, stressing that it shows their commitment to ending the over-a-decade-old insurgency.
The governor who commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the military for the improved security in the state, said: “Within the last two weeks, I have been to the nooks and crannies of the state and reports reaching me from stakeholders in these areas indicated that peace has returned in the state."
On his part, the Minister of Defence, Muhammad Badaru Abubakar said the delegation was on an assessment visit to the theatre command on the directive of the president.
“President Tinubu asked us to visit the governor and the good people of Borno, and our patriotic officers here in Borno to see and to hear from them, what is happening both in the frontline and in the cities.
“What is the progress being made and what we need to do more to support their operations.
“We had frank and honest discussions with Governor Babagana Zulum before coming here where we discussed the way forward and it is our resolve that in no distant future, we will see the end of the insecurity.
“He had also shared a lot of strategies with the CDS and the Service Chiefs and together they agreed on the next line of action and I believe if followed religiously, insecurity in the state will come to an end."