Mukaila Ola in Maiduguri
Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has called for introduction of fresh ideas that will bring the over a decade old insurgency in the North East region to an end.
The governor in a statement signed by his spokesman, Mallam Isa Gusau, to condemned the killing of five aid workers abducted around Monguno last month, said there is urgent need for fresh ideas that would set the nation from the ongoing insurgency.
Gusau said: “Governor Zulum wants a new thinking that would hopefully stop these endless killings. We cannot continue to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result.
“The Governor believes in a combination of kinetic and non-kinetic approaches and he is of the position that the Nigerian military has, through its operation ‘safe corridor’, demonstrated its willingness to rehabilitate and reintegrate insurgents willing to stop the killings of fellow humans.
“The Governor reiterates his call on the insurgents to stop the killings that have been on for 11 years. Zulum also urged all stakeholders to renew commitment to ending the insurgency by being open to new ideas and applying different measures that will hasten good results.”
He said the governor was deeply pained by insurgents’ execution of aid workers whom he described as “heroes that were gruesomely killed in the course of serving humanity.”
Gusau said the governor was informed of the execution on Wednesday evening, while he was at headquarters of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Abuja to discuss introduction of civil-defence volunteer programme and the deployment of more agro rangers to secure farmers in Borno State.
He said: “Governor Babagana Umara Zulum is deeply pained and extremely worried by the gruesome execution of the aid workers who lost their lives while trying to save IDPs through humanitarian activities.
“The Governor mourns these heroes and shares the grief of their families and employers: Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Action Against Hunger, Reach International, International Rescue Committee, and condoles with the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, (UNOCHA).”
Gusau noted that Governor Zulum has, in his absence from the state capital, directed a Government delegation to immediately visit families of the aid workers to participate in funeral activities and to pay condolence visits to affected humanitarian partners through UNOCHA.