An aspirant to the governorship of Benue state in 2023 has urged the federal government to step up its strategies against Boko Haram amidst concerns that the situation in Afghanistan could embolden Boko Haram.
Julius Atorough, who is hoping for a ticket from the People’s Democratic Party, said, “Boko Haram might see inspiration from Afghanistan kind of thing to step up attacks. The federal government must also step up so we don’t have that situation in the country.
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“If the federal government does not step up in terms of security; if it’s still lackluster, then it is going to be bad down the line. I hope we don’t get to that point. I just hope the federal government will change its tactics and holding hands with the governors. I hope Boko Haram is contained and decimated,” he said.
The gubernatorial hopeful, therefore, said during the interview with some journalists in Makurdi shortly after consultation with stakeholders of PDP from Benue north-east senatorial district, that the relevance of community policing cannot be overemphasized.
“For instance, if you give Benue people the opportunity; we are fearless warriors who fought on the frontline of the Biafra war. We have veterans who fought World War I and II.
“If you allow us, we will contain the menace coming against us. Only give us some frameworks through which ammunition can be gotten for community policing,” Atorough added.