Following recent attacks by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno, the state governor, Kashim Shettima , on Monday described members of the terror group as “merchants of fear” who are bent on instilling more fears into the people and their communities in the state and the Northeast region generally.
He stated this during an interactive session with journalists in Bama.
Shettima relocated his office to Bama last Wednesday to monitor first-hand the ongoing reconstruction of the town which was destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents.
He said, “The Boko Haram insurgents are merchants of fear. They are also vendors of fear. They want to instill fear in us,” the governor said on last Sunday’s attack on military convoys in the area
“I think we should be stubborn enough to follow our convictions against the wanton destruction of lives and property not only in this state, but the entire affected sub-region of the country.
“We have the courage to realize our dreams of an enduring peace in the state and the Northeast.”
He noted that the state government and its entire citizens “have to rebuild Borno brick by brick,” saying the rebuilding and rehabilitation of Bama had commenced last Wednesday.