Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno, says the ultimate wish of the Boko Haram sect is to take over the state.
Speaking on the latest attack in Baga, Zulum said the people of Borno will not bow to the wish of the sect.
If was reported how security operatives were killed when insurgents opened fire on the governor’s convoy and another set of vehicles conveying government officials to Baga, a town in the state, for the resettlement of some persons displaced by insurgency.
In a statement which Isa Gusau, his spokesman, issued on his behalf on Saturday, the governor commended the security operatives who paid the ultimate price in the line of duty.
“Governor Babagana Umara Zulum is saddened by this unfortunate carnage. He shares the grief of families of these 11 priceless heroes to whom Borno shall remain grateful,” he said.
“The governor prays for the repose of their souls and urges all stakeholders to remain committed to ongoing peace building efforts.
“Zulum is of the opinion that we must continue to keep hope alive even in the face of tribulations, and believe that with sustained efforts and prayers, Borno will eventually regain peace.
“The situation facing us is a tough one but we must choose between doing something which gives us some hope and doing nothing which will leave us more vulnerable to Boko Haram’s ultimate wish to take over Borno and bring it under their sovereign brutal administration.”
In July, gunmen attacked the convoy of the governor in Kukawa local government area of the state but no one was killed in the attack which happened at a time Zulum was on his way to internally displaced persons camps.
The governor has been making efforts to resettle those displaced by insurgency.