Boko Haram better armed,motivated – Gov Shettima confesses

kashim_shettimaBorno State Governor Kashim Shettima has revealed that the terrorist group, Boko Haram is better armed and better motivated than Nigerian troops.Speaking to newsmen after briefing President Goodluck Jonathan about the attacks on weekend ,Shettima said “I made it emphatically clear to Mr. President that the Boko Haram are better armed and better motivated.
“Anybody who is following events in this country can attest to the fact that they have a very smooth sail overrunning communities, killing people.
“Have we ever succeeded in thwarting any of their plans? They went to Konduga and did what they wanted to do, they held sway for over five hours before they left.
“They were in Kauri, Idzge and I don’t blame the Nigerian military honestly, we the leaders should be held responsible for our failure in leadership.
“In Idzge alone we lost 106 people and they raided eight other communities so until I get back home, today or tomorrow I cannot give you the exact figure. But some were hospitalized with very great injuries so I am afraid the figures might climb.
According to the Borno State governor”Well, in a nutshell what we are being confronted with is that we are in a state of war. That is what I came to update Mr. President.
“The sooner we stop playing the ostrich and rise up to the challenges of the day, and marshal all resources towards visualizing the antics of Boko Haram, the better for all of us. But the bottom line is that we need more resources, more votes on ground.
He said ,“In all fairness to the officers and men of the Nigerian Army and Police, they are doing their best given the circumstances they have found themselves in.
“But honestly Boko Haram members are better armed and are better motivated than our own troops.
“And believe me, I am eternal optimist as I have always said but I am also a realist. Given the present state of affairs, it is absolutely impossible for us to defeat Boko Haram,”
Speaking on the prospect of election in 2015 in the state, Shettima said “It is foolhardy for anybody to talk about election when human lives are at stake, power comes from God and He gives power to whom He wants.
“I don’t care whether elections are held but I do care that peace is restored in Borno and the north east sub-region, so people should stop playing politics.”

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