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Gov Shettima, Nigerian Army Differ On Recaptured Communities
The governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, at the weekend faulted the report of the Nigerian Army that it has recaptured all communities in the state from Boko Haram, insisting that the insurgents are still in control of two local governments.
Governor Shettima made known this revelation while briefing a visiting federal government delegation led by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir David Lawal.
“They (Boko Haram) are at present controlling two local governments in Borno State; Abadam and Mobbar and they are partially in Marte,” Shettima stated.
He added that at a point, “Boko Haram overran 20 out of our 27 local government areas in Borno State. They overran four local government areas in Adamawa and two in Yobe.”
But the Nigerian Army’s Chief of Army Staff, Yusuf Buratai, a Lieutenant General, disputed the claims of the governor that the local councils of Abbadam and Mobar and some part of Marte are still being occupied by Boko Haram.
Buratai who spoke to newsmen on Sunday in Jos, insists that, “no Boko Haram is holding any territory in Nigeria at the moment, I have not heard any Boko Haram member or leader making such claim, they are no more in control.”
Reiterating President Muhammadu Buhari’s assurance on eliminating the terror group by December, he urged Nigerians to keep faith with the military, saying they are on course and confident of achieving that target.