Borno state governor, Babagana Zulum says the ultimate wish of the Boko Haram terrorists is to take over the state.
Speaking on the latest attack in Baga, Zulum said the people of Borno will not bow to the wish of the terror group.
Ssecurity operatives were killed when Boko Haram fighters opened fire on the governor’s convoy and another set of vehicles conveying government officials to Baga, a town in the state, for the resettlement of internally displaced persons (IDPs).
The tragic incident which occurred at Korochara village on Friday, reportly cost the lives of eight soldiers, three policemen and four other members of the civilian joint task force.
In a statement which on Saturday by his spokesman, Isa Gusau, the governor commended the security operatives who paid the ultimate price in the line of duty.
“Governor Babagana Umara Zulum is saddened by this unfortunate carnage. He shares the grief of families of these 11 priceless heroes to whom Borno shall remain grateful,” he said.
“The governor prays for the repose of their souls and urges all stakeholders to remain committed to ongoing peace building efforts.
“Zulum is of the opinion that we must continue to keep hope alive even in the face of tribulations, and believe that with sustained efforts and prayers, Borno will eventually regain peace.
“The situation facing us is a tough one but we must choose between doing something which gives us some hope and doing nothing which will leave us more vulnerable to Boko Haram’s ultimate wish to take over Borno and bring it under their sovereign brutal administration.”
In July, gunmen attacked the convoy of the governor in Kukawa local government area of the state but no one was killed in the attack which happened at a time Zulum was on his way to internally displaced persons camps.
The governor has been making efforts to resettle those displaced by insurgency.
Baga is a fishing community located on the fringes of Lake Chad which has been deserted for over two years due to activities of insurgents.
Several attacks have been perpetrated on the region by Boko Haram, leading to the loss of lives and properties.
The incident comes less than one week after Colonel D.C. Bako, commander of the 25 task force brigade, was killed by the terror group.