– Borno state governor, Babagana Zulum, has revealed why he is critical of the troops
– The governor said he criticised the troops to make them perform better
– Zulum had accused the military officials of sabotage in the fight against Boko Haram
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The governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum, has revealed that he is critical of the Nigerian army so that they can improve in their fight against insurgency.
TheCable reports that the governor said this on Thursday, August 28, when he commissioned the Tukur Buratai Institute for War and Peace, located in Biu local government area of the state.
Legit.ng gathered that the institute was named after Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief Of Army Staff (COAS).
Recall that Zulum had in January accused troops of extorting road users, threatening to replace soldiers with local hunters if they are unable to secure Baga following the attack on his convoy in June.
The governor accused the military officials of sabotage in the fight against Boko Haram, alleging that they were the ones who attacked him.
The military had, however, asked Zulum to quit demoralising troops with his comments.
Speaking at the venue of the commissioning, Zulum said he was not unappreciative of the soldiers’ efforts.
He explained that, instead, his “occasional” critical comments were meant to encourage them to do more.
“I am not unaware of where we were before the inception of the Buratai leadership and the successes recorded by the military in the war against terror. We appreciate the sacrifices of lives and deaths of our gallant officers. We shall continue to support our armed forces.
“When we occasionally criticise, we do so with a view to improving on our successes and not out of lack of appreciation,” Zulum said.
The institute is an off-campus section of the Nigerian Army University which is located in Biu town.
It was previously the army’s national museum, established in 2016.
The governor explained that the Tukur Buratai Institute for War and Peace would promote research on issues such as terrorism, insurgency and all forms of conflict with a view to attaining peace.
He noted that the effect of insurgency in the state has depleted, and pledged his administration’s readiness to partner with the institution.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Nigerian Army found out that some of the soldiers who belong to the Operation Lafia Dole troop engaged in fishing and farming business in Borno state.
It was reported that following the attack on Governor Babangana Umara Zulum of Borno by suspected Boko Haram members in Baga, a former violence-ravaged community in the state, there had been a face-off between the army and governor.
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