Senate Leader, Alhaji Muhammad Ndume, on Sunday commended the military for its gallantry in striving to end the terrorism in the North-East.
Ndume, who represents Borno South Senatorial District, gave the commendation while speaking with newsmen in Maiduguri.
“I still have confidence in our military. I want to believe that the military is on top of the situation,’’ he said.
On last week’s attack on Dalori, Mairi and Malari communities in Konduga area of the state, he said “what we are witnessing these days are intermittent suicide bombings by the insurgents.
“These are acts of desperation, because their supply routes have been cut off by the military.’’
Ndume said that the Dalori attack by the insurgents was basically aimed at getting food supply.
“They just went to cart away food and other items that could be useful to them.
“Insurgents always make use of Gorila war style when they are almost defeated in any society,’’ he said, adding that the insurgents would likely resort to using more of such style in attacking communities.
“This kind of thing is natural to insurgents; even in developed countries like the U.S and even France, you witness these kind of attacks from time to time,’’ he said.
Ndume expressed optimism that the insurgency would end in a matter of time, saying “we are very hopeful that the whole thing will end soon.
“When you see people in Maiduguri now, they look more relaxed because the military has weakened the terrorists.’’
The senate leader advised the state government to go ahead with the preparation to reconstruct damaged structures as well as resettle Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
“We are looking forward to going back to Gwoza; just yesterday, three of my uncles told me that they wanted to go back home.
“Everybody wants to go back, there is no better place like home,’’ he said.
Ndume, however, acknowledged that only local government areas’ headquarters were safe for the IDPs to return to.
“What we are trying to do is for Gwoza people to go back to Gwoza because you cannot go back to stay in bush.
“From Gwoza, you can go to the interior and see your house and go back until when things normalise,’’ he said. (NAN)