The details of the meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State have emerged.
Speaking with journalists after a meeting with the President on Monday night, Zulum says it is his responsibility to let President Buhari know the truth about the security situation in the North East.
According to Zulum, there is a need to seek support to address insurgency in the region. The governor expressed regret over how hundreds of people have fled their homes, rendering many towns deserted.
“In Borno, particularly, brigade headquarters was attacked. Many soldiers, men and officers of the Nigerian army were killed,” he said.
“Let me use this opportunity to extend my condolences to the families of the deceased. God, in His infinite wisdom, forgive them.
“I think it is my own responsibility to come and say the truth to Mr. President; let him know what is going on in the entire north-east sub-region.
“I think there is the need for us to get support for us to succeed in this war against insurgents. It’s very pathetic.
“A few days ago, Damasak was attacked; hundreds of people started fleeing Damasak, and now Geidam is almost deserted. Many people have left Geidam.”
The governor also blamed the security situation in the north-east on lack of military equipment saying, “I think the military are yet to receive some of the equipment that they have ordered for.”