The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has reacted to the attack on the convoy of Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum, by Boko Haram insurgents on Friday.
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About 30 security operatives were said to have died from the attack, while on their way to Baga, to receive some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Emmanuel Yawe, the forum accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration of giving Borno residents false hope, that the security situation in the region is under control.
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The ACF said recent attacks by the terrorist group undermine public confidence in the ability of the military to successfully defend Nigeria in the war against terror.
“We are alarmed that for all the assurances we have received from the military and the federal government on an improved security situation on the Boko Haram front, the deadly attacks and killings have continued.
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“In the attacks of yesterday (Friday) eight policemen, three soldiers and four civilian JTF men were reported to have lost their lives. Only last week, a serving senior military officer, Col. Bako, was ambushed and killed around Demboa in the same Borno State”, it said.
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It noted that in July this year, Zulum also came under attack by the terrorists, while on an official tour.
“We call on the military to act swiftly to restore this confidence. The ACF is also aware of the sagging morale of our fighting men. The federal government and the military high command must act quickly and resolve all the issues that have led to the current low morale”, it stated.
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According to the ACF, Zulum, whom the terrorists currently target for elimination, is one governor who raises hope in a demoralised country.
“These attacks have raised questions on the ability of the military to ensure the safety of internally displaced persons to return to their homes,” ACF added.