Penultimate Friday could be described as a black day for the country as the convoy of Borno state governor, Prof.
Most of those that lost their lives in the attack were backup security men with the governor, who was reportedly returning from Baga, where he had accompanied hundreds of residents that were returned to the town they fled in 2014 following deadly attacks by insurgents. Some animals were used as decoys to carry out one of the attacks according to reports.
Accounts have it that when soldiers saw the donkey on the road, they shot at it but explosives then went off and the militants immediately came out from their hideouts to open fire on the convoy, an official who was in one of the vehicles in Governor Zulum’s convoy told journalists.
A number of insurgents were also killed in the ensuing shoot-out. The second attack came two days after the first one, on Sunday. The Sunday’s attack on the governor came two days after he had survived another attack, while travelling to an area near Lake Chad.
The latest attack, which recorded no death, occurred when the convoy was returning to Maiduguri and this happened around 10.30AM on Sunday. An eye witness at the scene of the incidence said there was no death recorded this time around except some varying degrees of injuries. The Government House Press Crew bus lost its tyers due to the attackers’ bullets.
A number of insurgents were killed in the ensuing shoot-out. No one in the convoy , including the governor was injured in the Sunday attack but some vehicles were damaged by bullets, the official said.
Cross-Kauwa, where the attack took place is a few kilometres from a location called Mile-4, where the Nigerian military has its biggest camp in that area. We join millions of Nigerians to condemn the attacks by the insurgents on the Borno state governor and describe their action as great cowardice.
Governor Zulum has been in the forefront of mobilizing the required resources both from within and outside the state to support the war against insurgency that has ravaged the state and most of North East , with the accompanying hardships to millions of his people.
The insurgency would have become a thing of the past, if those that had administered the state before him had made the type of efforts Prof. Zulum has been making to bring this machination to an end. On a number of occasions, the Borno governor complained over grave shortcomings and even sabotage in the war against insurgency. Instead of the Federal Government taking him with desired seriousness, most of his suggestions and lamentations appeared to have been ignored.
We vehemently condemn the recent attacks on the governor and his convoy, which in our view, were aimed at eliminating him. We do not pray that anything untoward happens to him, because any negative development will impact negatively on the nation’s war against insurgency just as it would be a great psychological boost to the insurgents.
The attacks on the governor have brought to fore, the fact that the war is far from being won and there is the need to redouble the efforts to bring it to a conclusive end. We are not happy that a government that came to office with a firm promise to end insecurity and terrorism is not on top of the situation, but has been giving excuses for which Nigerians are getting tired of.
We commiserate with the Military and Police high command over the loss of the soldiers, police and other security men in the Governor Zulum’s convoy.
As people of faith, we pray almighty God to give the families of the deceased as well as the governor the fortitude to bear the losses. On the whole, the governor needs to be more proactive on his security as well as the security of the returning refugees. He requires more security men to beef up his security considering the very peculiar security volatility of the area.