Adamwa Gov Cries For Help As Boko Haram Take 5 LGAs

Adamawa State Governor James Ngillari has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to save his state from being overrun by Boko Haram insurgents, as the insurgents have already taken control of over five local governments in the state.

Ngilari, who was at the Presidential Villa in his call for help, spoke with State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with the President, disclosed that Boko Haram are now in control of five local governments five local governments out of the 21 in the state. He therefore called on military authorities to deploy more troops to the state.

“The security situation in Adamawa is very dicey right now and we are only trying to do our best to manage the situation. We are praying that it will improve, but it is really something to worry about,” Ngillari said.

The governor, while speaking further on the activities of the terrorists in the state, said “I can talk of my entire senatorial district, Mubi senatorial district. Five local governments have been overrun; Gombi was taken and I just got a report now that perhaps they are on the outskirts of Shanli.

“There is a semblance of movement in that area. Really, we need a lot of intervention. We need to move more troops to secure the state. Really, it is a big challenge.”

The take over of Vimtim, hometown of Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, by insurgents had last week made headlines, but Ngillari said the issue of insurgency is much more than one person.

“We shouldn’t reduce this issue of the insurgency to simply the taking over of the house of the defence chief. There are a whole lot of things that make the challenge of insecurity. What about the problem of unemployment? You know it is a whole long story. We don’t just reduce it to the taking over of the house of the defence chief. I think it is more than that. Absolutely it is a challenge. We look up to God, God is there, there is nothing impossible for Him.

“We will do our best, but it is not something that we should leave in the hands of government. Everybody has a role to play in terms of giving out information timely, in terms of convincing people who are involved. They live with us, they are not from planet Mars, they are part and parcel of the society,” the governor said.

He expressed optimism that the country will overcome its insecurity problems and end insurgency in the country.