…Faults Lai Mohammed, Ex CDS.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Speaker of Borno State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Abdulkarim Lawan, on Monday, faulted claims made by Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, and the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen-Gabriel Olonisakin that the military was in control of Borno’s 27 LGAs.
The duo had alleged that all 27 local government areas in Borno state have been liberated and fully under the control of military troops.
The Speaker said that the entire Guzamala Local Government Area, where he hails from, is still under the control of Boko Haram sect.
He said “There is no existence of civil life in Guzamala, not to even talk of military presence in the Council Headquarters and its surrounding communities that are now dominated by armed Boko Haram fighters.”
Lawan was speaking at Guzamala Concerned Stakeholders’ Meeting in Maiduguri on their continued stay in resettlement camps and other host communities for several years.
He said, although, he has been agitating for military presence in Guzamala to enable his displaced people take the advantage of Governor Babagana Zulum’s move in Reconstruction and Resettlement, but to no avail, as Guzamala is still a ‘no go area’.
He said even as a Speaker, who has been reelected for four consecutive times representing Guzamala, he has spent over three years without stepping into Guzamala, and wondered why the Federal Government officials, who were busy staying at their comfort in Abuja, would fabricate lies in telling the general public that all local government areas in Borno are safe.
“We have a total of 774 local government areas in Nigeria. We, in Guzamala Council, want the Federal Government to tell us whether Guzalama has been cancelled out of the 774, so that we can know our position and look for a better option,” Lawan stated.
He said even in the whole of the 10 local government areas in the entire Northern Borno, people only exist in the nine (9) Council Headquarters, but not in wards or villages, as most people from Northern Borno, including their Imams, Traditional Rulers and stakeholders reside in Maiduguri and other host communities.
The Speaker, however, appealed to the new service chiefs led by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Leo Irabor, to put in their best to restore civil presence in Guzamala and its surrounding communities so that his people will go back and resettle to continue their normal lives.