Senator Kaka Garbai representing Borno Central in the senate, says that contrary to what President Buhari and military chiefs are saying, Borno state is partly controlled by the Nigerian government and Boko Haram terrorist group. Garbai said this while speaking to journalists in Dalori, Borno state on Saturday February 6th. He was in Dalori to pay condolence to the residents of the village who were attacked on January 30th which led to the death of over 100 people.
Garbai said the Nigerian military and the insurgents share control of the 21 Local governments in the state
“It is a wrong assumption that most of the local governments in Borno are recaptured from Boko Haram. In reality this is not true in the sense that apart from Maiduguri Metropolis, Bayo and Kwaya Kusar, these are the three local government that are under the occupation of the Nigerian government where the military and police are maintaining law and order. Mobbar, Abadam and Kala Balge are 100 percent occupied by the insurgents. There are some local governments that are partially occupied by the insurgents especially as the local government secretariats have been liberated but their hither-lands are still controlled by the insurgents. From my count, only three local government are fully liberated, 21 local governments partially occupied by insurgents, that is there is still some level of Boko Haram occupation side by side the military or any other constituted authority. The local government fully occupied by Boko Haram are Abadam, Mobbar and Kala Balge. We should not live under the illusion that Boko Haram are decimated or weaken, these are not reality and neither a true reflection of the reality. The reality is that most of the local government in Borno is partially occupied by Boko Haram.”he said He kicked against the planned return of some of the Internally Displaced Persons to their Local government areas. “If the people are moved back to their homelands you are making them vulnerable to attack. Unless you provide maximum security and return of law and order in these areas, relocating these people would be endangering their lives.”he said