Borno state Governor, Babagana Zulum has added his voice to the call for the federal government to seek support in order to win the war against the Boko Haram insurgents and other security challenges in the country.
Zulum spoke with State House reporters after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at his residence in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He described as “pathetic” the recent attacks on Damasak and Geidam which saw hundreds of people fleeing the two towns for safety.
The governor said it was his duty to tell President Buhari the truth about the current situation in the northeast.
He commiserated with the Nigerian Army over the attack on Brigade headquarters, where many soldiers, men and officers were killed.
He said: “In Borno, particularly, Brigade headquarters was attacked, many soldiers, men and officers of the Nigerian Army were killed.
“Let me use this opportunity to extend my condolences to the families of the deceased, may God, in His infinite mercy, forgive them. I think it is my own responsibility to come and say the truth to Mr President.
“Llet him know what is going on in the entire Northeast sub-region.
“I think there is a 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.”
Asked to speak on the cause of the deteriorating security situation in his state, the governor said: “I think the military is yet to receive some of the equipment that they have ordered for.”