Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, said has survived many insurgents attacks numbering over 40 in the state.
Zulum decried the impact of the over one decade-long insurgency which he said has gravely affected the livelihood of the people of the state.
Briefing news men in Abuja yesterday, Governor Zulum said “I was attacked more than 40, 50 times. I know the magnitude of this problem.”
“We have estimated a total number of over 50,000 orphans and widows; these are official figures, the unofficial figures are more than these, and we were able to cultivate not more than three per cent of our total arable land because of the insurgents.
“And right now, the whereabouts of not less than 10 percent of the people of Borno State is not known to all of us – at all. This is a very serious matter,” Governor Zulum lamented.
He believes accepting the repentant terrorists is the way to go if Nigeria wants an end to the insurgency. He revealed that about 2,600 of them have so far surrendered, including their wives and children.
The governor, however, stressed that those who have surrendered would not immediately be reintegrated into the society.
“Unless we want to continue with an endless war, I see no reason why we should reject those who are willing to surrender,” he said.
“More than 100,000 people were killed and therefore, I am in total support of this ongoing surrender by the insurgents. We will support them and those that have surrendered shall be dealt with according to the extant rules and regulation.”