Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State alongside some National Assembly members on Wednesday paid visits and held separate closed door meetings with the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, the chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai and Director General of State Security Services, Yusuf Magaji Bichi over security matters in Borno State. The three meetings were at the instance of Shettima.
The meetings discussed issues of security including the recent relocation of residents in Jakana (a town in Konduga local government area) to an IDP camp in Maiduguri which the military in Borno State said was for operational purpose in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram.
Governor Shettima was accompanied by chairmen of the Senate and House of Representatives committees on Defence, Senator Abubakar Kyari and Hon. Betara Aliyu respectively, the chairman, Senate committee on Rules and Business, Senator Baba Kaka Bashir Garbai, two house of Representatives members elect.
The Governor and his delegation first met with the DG, SSS at the service headquarters about 1:30pm before meeting the Defence Minister at a private residence at about 4pm after which the delegation was at the Army headquarters at 5pm for another meeting with the Chief of Army Staff for more than one hour. All the meetings held behind closed doors in Abuja.
Briefing journalists at the end of the meetings, Governor Kashim Shettima said the meeting was informed by the issues arising from the relocation of communities in Jakana, Auno and Mainok located in Kaga and Konduga local government areas of Borno State. He said at the end of the meetings, the Borno State Government and the Nigerian military had reached a common ground.
“We have accomplished our mission. The Chief of Army Staff has granted our request and some concerns raised by the Army will all be addressed. We all know that the relocation had raised dust but we felt consultation was the best approach. We have access to all the security heads, especially the chief of Army Staff here who is from Borno. We have met with the Minister of Defence as you have seen. We have all come to a consensus. We also have assurances on other matters relating to the military’s ongoing fight against Boko Haram and we must acknowledge that the military has recorded huge successes not withstanding some setbacks. As I have always said, anyone that wants to appreciate the efforts on ground should compare with the past. We have seen the difference. We will continue to cooperate with and support the military. We will also remain grateful and proud of them” Shettima said.
Defence Minister, Mansur Dan-Ali commended Governor Shettima for his leadership style and the cooperation he has consistently accorded to the federal government in the fight against Boko Haram. He noted that the federal government has recently adopted new strategies in terms of involving multi national forces from Chad and other neighboring countries who currently operate in Borno. The Minister said new strategies adopted were already producing results.