Governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Zulum has disclosed that Boko Haram insurgents now have better expertise than the military and uses drones to monitor troops’ movements before launching attacks.
The governor who spoke on Tuesday in Maiduguri, the state capital, while welcoming the speaker of the House of Reps, Femi Gbajabiamila and his entourage who were in the state to assess the conditions of IDP camps, warned that if there was no change in military strategy, the war against the insurgents may never be won.
“The capacity of the military has to be re-examined in terms of technological warfare. Otherwise this war will never end,” he said.
“Boko Haram now uses drones to monitor the operations of the military. Without providing proper and up-to-date technological capacity to the military, it will never end.”
Zulum asked the Federal Government to increase the number of security and paramilitary personnel fighting the insurgency war as well as support the civilian JTF to meet the emerging challenges posed by “higher expertise on the part of Boko Haram.”
“Sustained military operations in the Chad Basin cannot be overemphasized in the face of the scaled-up operations of ISWAP in the region,” he noted.
In his response, Gbajabiamila said the insurgency has continued for too long “and we have to put it behind us.”
The speaker said the federal legislature had resolved to collaborate with the executive on the Boko Haram war because “it is not yet Uhuru; we are not there yet and the government can’t do it alone.”