A graphic detail of the way of life in Borno and the entire North-East since the Boko Haram menace begun was painted on Monday by the Bornu Elders, who described life under the stranglehold of terrorist activities, as “seeing hell”.
Addressing a gathering of Northern Elders Forum in Kano, Zanna Hassan Boguma, who delivered a goodwill message on behalf of Borno Elders Forum, declared that the entire region is now engaged in full scale war from enemy within.
Boguma stated that “we have been seeing hell, our people are constantly decimated, our towns and villages razed, properties destroyed, schools and places of worship burnt, even innocent travelers were not spared”.
The elder statesman said that from the incessant attack that the axis had witnessed in the last few weeks was a confirmation of how vulnerable the entire region is.
He further disclosed that the region has been reduced to a war zone with attendant humanitarian crisis, stressing that this is the time for the entire country to mobilize to stop the carnage.
Boguma, who doubted the intention of the perpetrators of this crime against humanity in the region, was however quick to add that “much as we know, the whole matter has nothing to do with claimed intention of a section imposing their will on the others, or issues of sharia or making the country ungovernable for the President or a religious war as they want to look at it”.
Moreover, he accused the Federal Government of lacking the political will to address the crisis holistically, pointing out that Borno Elders are surprised at the grave yard silence of Government and its inability to implement several report on the insurgency turned in by experts engaged to do so by the same Government.
The Borno Elders noted that the panacea to the crisis was not in the hands of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, or the opposition, All Progressives Congress, APC, insisting that the situation at hand was beyond politics and pleaded with other parts of the country to identify with them at their time of distress.
“This catastrophe which has befallen us should be the concern of all Northerners irrespective of tribe, region, or creed. Those of you who are residing far away should know that other citizens needed your sympathy and attention”, Boguma said, adding that “until those who were named as supporters, financiers, and allies to the Boko Haram were brought to justice, until the political Boko Haram were apprehended and prosecuted, until the operations to contain this madness is sincerely handled, lives of our innocent villagers will continued to be sacrificed”.