Members of the Boko Haram sect have been described as “merchants of fear” by Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State.
The governor was reacting to Sunday’s explosion involving troops of Operation Lafiya Dole on administrative patrol, whose vehicles encountered Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and ambush by insurgents between Miyanti and Dareljamal. The attack left four soldiers, including an officer dead while 16 others, were injured.
Speaking with journalists in Bama, where he relocated to since last Wednesday to coordinate reconstruction efforts of the town which was destroyed by Boko Haram, the governor said the terrorists are bent on instilling more fears into the people and their communities in the state and the Northeast region generally.
He said, “The Boko Haram insurgents are merchants of fear. They are also vendors of fear. They want to instill fear in us,” the governor said on last Sunday’s attack on military convoys in the area
“I think we should be stubborn enough to follow our convictions against the wanton destruction of lives and property not only in this state, but the entire affected sub-region of the country.
“We have the courage to realize our dreams of an enduring peace in the state and the Northeast”.
He noted that the state government and its entire citizens “have to rebuild Borno brick by brick,” saying the rebuilding and rehabilitation of Bama had commenced last Wednesday.