The great success the Nigeria Military has enjoyed in the past few months in their fight against terrorism turned soured on Friday with the Islamic militants capturing a town in #Borno State.
Speaking further on the sad incident, he disclosed the reasons behind the recent imposition of curfew in the state.
“It is sad as we have been made to understand that Marte is today (Friday) completely fallen under the control of the insurgents, which to us is a very huge setback”, Mustapha said.
“It is unfortunate that we are experiencing yet another attack in #Maiduguri at this time that we are thinking that the insurgency should have subsided, following the taking over of Sambisa Forest by the military.
“Our thinking was that every other place should have been blocked so that the insurgency would be contained in a restricted area.
“But that has not been the case,because the insurgents have been fleeing to other communities.
“Initially, we were opposed to the suggestion made by the military, but when we received a security report that about 600 women have been kitted as suicide bombers and are to be sneaked into Maiduguri during the attack, couple with the gory pictures of some of the women, who detonated themselves during the attack, we had no option than to okay the curfew.
“But the curfew has been relaxed from noon to about 5pm to ease the hardship and afterwards it may be reviewed.
“Our government is going to do everything humanly possible by supporting the military to see that Maiduguri and other secured parts of Borno State is not attacked or taken over by the insurgents.
“We want people to be patient with the government and the security; though 90 per cent of our communities have been liberated but the war is not over yet.
“We thought all is over as we were even trying to fight for the reopening of the airport, which was almost okayed by the National Security Adviser before we heard about the attack on Maiduguri. It was indeed a huge setback for us in Borno State.”
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