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Ndume: North-East Will Continue To Suffer Until More Is Done

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Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Ali Ndume gives reasons why the north-east will continue to be plagued with crises, citing an inadequacy of military presence in the region and a deficiency in resources.

While in an interview with THE PUNCH on Wednesday, Ndume said that the crises will carry on until the federal government dispatches a sufficient amount of resources and increases the military presence in the area.

The areas hit most by the Boko Haram insurgency are Borno and Adamawa, causing hundreds of thousands through the years to be displaced.

He said, “The challenge that the military have now is lack of resources and inadequate personnel.  As long as the resources are not deployed in terms of what they would need, we would continue to have this (insurgency) challenge.

“In an operation like this, we have only 30, 000 soldiers on ground which is grossly inadequate.  They (federal government) have to do something urgently about that.”

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In all the listed gloom, he assured that the government was working to make sure that displaced indigents return to their homes.

“The civilians ran away because of the fears of what would happen to them. They refused to come back.  The governor is now appealing to the military to secure the areas so that the residents could return,” he said.

“The residents of the affected local government areas in Borno State, taken over by the military following the Boko Haram attacks, have not started returning but the government is making efforts to ensure the return of the people.”

Ndume also condemned the kidnapping of the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika local government area, Adamawa State by the Boko Haram insurgents, asking that the military work hard to ensure that he regains his freedom and that sanity is restored in ravaged communities.

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