The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina, has dismissed a report by the senator representing Borno-Central senatorial district, Kaka Garbai, who alleged that 50 per cent of Borno State was under the control of the Boko Haram sect.
Garbai, who spoke to journalists on Saturday during a condolence visit to Dalori village where 65 persons were reportedly killed last week by the insurgents, said the sect controls half of the state while the military controls the other half.
But speaking during an interview on Channels Television, on Monday, Adesina said Garbai’s statement should not be taken seriously because Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, had debunked his claims.
Adesina said a senator could not have more credible information about the state than the state governor.
He said, “Not one of the 27 local government areas of Borno State is dominated by the Boko Haram sect. Senator Garbai’s claim has been debunked by the Borno State Government. I think the state governor’s information is superior to that of the senator. The state has superior information than him.”
The president’s spokesperson said the tanks donated by the United States to aid Nigeria’s military operation in the North-East, would yield positive results because the tanks are resistant to landmines.
He said the problem being encountered by Nigerian troops in entering the Sambisa Forest was because the forest was laced with mines.
Asked to quantify what the Federal Government had got from the President’s foreign trips, Adesina said, “This kind of thing is not done in public glare because it is an issue pertaining to defence. When you get weaponry, you don’t begin to display such for the world to see, particularly in a country undergoing insurgency.
“You don’t begin to tell the enemy what you have. Yes, we have got weaponry and training assistance from a number of countries.
Adesina also faulted former President Goodluck Jonathan for saying that the equipment his administration bought is presently being used to prosecute the war against insurgency.
He said, “If we say government is a continuum, then what is the big deal in you buying weapons and the next government using them? The second is that the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the weaponry is inferior. I am sure he must have relied on facts from the Defence headquarters.
“The fact is that you cannot separate the economy from the anti-corruption war. When people ask me the economic direction of this government, I tell them that from the anti-corruption war, you know the economic direction. The direction is the one in which there must be accountability and everywhere the President went, he has sought help to fight the corruption war. He has been to the United Arab Emirates and the US. There is a lot of success.”