Zanna Mustapha, Borno State Deputy Governor, has urged the Federal Government to do more to prevent a total takeover of three northeastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe by the Boko Haram insurgents. Mustapha said the three states “will no longer be in existence” in two to three months should government failed to take heed.
“The Federal Government has tried its best but their best is not enough because rather than going after the insurgents, it is the insurgents that are going after us. It is a big crime that the criminals are better equipped than the military and they are just few kilometres from the Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states capitals,” he said.
The continuing control over captured territories by the insurgents, Mustapha said, showed they were equipped than the Nigerian military. He claimed the insurgents are in control of 13 local governments in Borno, three in Adamawa and some others in Yobe. Mustapha expressed misgivings over the purported ceasefire agreements between the government and insurgents, while urging the international powers to “come to our rescue otherwise in the next few months the three states may not exist.” He also accused the insurgents of committing war crimes by deploying anti-aircraft missiles against innocent people.
Mustapha gave the warnings during his visit to Borno insurgents who have became refugees after insurgent attacks on their homes and schools in Mubi, Adamawa State.