By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Following increased spate of attacks and rising number of casualties, former two-term governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi has warned the Federal Government against complacency in the fight against Boko Haram, suggesting that a better approach be adopted.
This was expressed in a statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna by his Spokesman, Mukhtar Zubairu Sirajo.
” It is the belief of Senator Makarfi that a better approach is needed in the fight against the Boko Haram, which should include a tightening of the security architecture in all the affected areas, even as he warns against complacency occasioned by the belief that the insurgents have been decimated, reiterating his earlier statement that the Boko Haram cannot be said to have been defeated until every inch of Nigerian territory is rid of it and people therein return to their legitimate pursuits without any fear,” he said.
Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi expressed his heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Borno State and the entire country as well as the United Nations, Red Cross and International Organisation for Migration families, over the Boko Haram attack in Rann, Kala-Balge Local Government Area of Borno State during which lives were lost including those of workers of the aforementioned international agencies.
“Senator Makarfi considers the attack utterly cowardly and condemnable as innocent people were made soft targets, including those engaged in rendering humanitarian services,” it stated.
He urged for the intensification of the war against the insurgency in that part of the country as it has lingered for too long, even as he appeals to aid agencies in the country not to be deterred by this incident but be further emboldened by it so as to send a message to the insurgents that they will not be intimidated out of their commitment to rendering humanitarian services.
“He urges the government as well as the security agencies to ensure that no stone is left unturned in the efforts to rescue all abductees,” it added.
The Senator, who is being pressurized by several groups across to run for 2019 Presidency, similarly conveyed his sympathies over the suicide bomb attack in Bumi Yadi and another Boko Haram attack in Madagali in Yobe and Adamawa States respectively.