Bu­ratai’s crit­ics are B/Haram sym­pa­thiz­ers – Shet­tima

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Omirin Olatunji, Maiduguri

Borno State Gover­nor Kashim Shet­tima yes­ter­day de­scribed the crit­ics of Chief of Army Staff LtGen Tukur Yusuf Bu­ratai ýas Boko Haram mem­bers or sym­pa­thiz­ers who should be re­jected to­tally.

Shet­tima who stated this while flag­ging off the open­ing of the Maiduguri - Gam­boru/Ngala high­way as part of Army Day and Sal­lah cel­e­bra­tions, said the crit­ics were tar­get­ing COAS to dis­tract him be­cause of his suc­cesses in fight­ing against the in­sur­gents in the North East.

This high­way was shut­down 27 months ago when at­tacks on mo­torists ow­ing to the se­cu­rity chal­lenges had be­come too wide­spread.

The road is one of the most com­mer­cially vi­able roads in the coun­try that links Nige­ria to the Repub­lic of Chad, Cameroon, Su­dan and Cen­tral African Repub­lic.

Gov. Shet­tima said, ‘’ Two years ago, we were un­der mas­sive at­tacks ev­ery an­gle. It was im­pos­si­ble for any­one to move out 10 km away from the state cap­i­tal. To­day, Boko Haram are no longer hold­ing any of our ter­ri­to­ries. It is the ef­forts of good lead­er­ship in the Nige­rian Army that brought this re­sult. I think any­one crit­i­ciz­ing Lt Gen. TY Bu­ratai is eco­nom­i­cal with the truth. It is ei­ther the per­sons are Boko Haram mem­bers or sym­pa­thiz­ers. They want to dis­tract him but we Borno peo­ple are surely be­hind him.”

In his speech at the open­ing of the road, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieu­tenant Gen­eral TY Bu­ratai who de­scribed the Maiduguri - Gom­boru Ngala high­way as the live wire of the North East and Nige­ria, said, “If you re­call, it was this high­way that was first cleared by troops. It links to Cen­tral and East Africa. In­deed, it is very im­por­tant and it is the live wire of Nige­ria’s econ­omy. Boko Haram knows the im­por­tance of this road be­cause they ply it from Sam­bisa for­est to Lake Chad Basin area. I do not want to hear any mo­torist is at­tacked on this road. It is our duty to de­fend and pro­tect our peo­ple.”

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