Boko Haram: Outside Maiduguri, Nobody Is Safe In Borno – Prof Dikwa

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The Dean, Borno Elders Forum, Professor Khalifa Ali Dikwa, during an interview Channels Television’s Newsnight January 4, 2021, asked Muhammadu Buhari decentralise the command system of the Nigerian .

Prof. Khalifa Dikwa, Dean, Borno Elders Forum is worried about the rising insecurity in the area, admitting that outside the capital of the state, Maiduguri, people living in Borno State are safe.

“Even if they (Boko Haram) are physically there, they are psychologically there, disturbing the people,” Dikwa who is a socio- analyst told Channels Television’s Newsnight Monday. “From , they ride their , come and harass them pay levies and so . Outside Maiduguri, no even five kilometres, nobody is safe. And they can strike at any .”

—Turning Deaf Ears—
He claimed that the did heed the advice of the Private Contractor (PMC) man the country’s land after they had “decimated” Boko Haram in 2014.

“At that time, they (PMC) said, ‘okay, we have done our bit, the rest, it has to be . Have dialogue at a of strength,” the don, added.

“And that you allow the other paramilitary, particularly the police, to take over the terrain that you have recaptured. You (military) move to the .”

According to him, “Unfortunately, the military has continued to usurp the role of the police which is not supposed to be so.”

Prof Dikwa who called for collaboration among security agencies in the fight against noted that the military alone cannot fight the terrorism in Borno State.

“If you put all the military inside Borno, it will contain it,” he said, claiming that “It looks like there is no synergy between the security and defence agencies as if it is rivalry when they are actually working for this country and they signed to defend the people of this country and the territory.

“As a , he be able to stamp his feet to say ‘do the work, I am giving you one, maximum. If you don’t finish up this thing, submit your resignation letter.”