Boko Haram: Borno Stakeholders Berate Monarch Over Open Letter To Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari (image courtesy: State House)

The Borno Stakeholders Forum (BSF) has strongly condemned the Zanna Boguma of Borno, Alhaji Hassan Zanna, following an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, Concise News understands.

In the letter written to Buhari and copied to the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (retd), the monarch claimed that from the happenings in Borno and elsewhere, the field commanders and their men in most cases had turned the theatre of war into a cash cow.

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Reacting, the Borno Stakeholders Forum warned the monarch against demystifying the sacrifices of the military.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, President of the BSF, Ali Shettima, advised Alhaji Zanna Hassan Boguma to rather take his plea to the politicians in Borno State.

The BSF statement read, “This press conference became necessary because the Borno Stakeholders Forum is alarmed with the misinformation emanating from the state as regards the operations of the Nigerian Military in the fight against Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorist in the state.

“This is on the heels of the various news making the rounds on the social media space about Boko Haram attacks in Borno state and most recently an Open Letter written by Zanna Hassan Boguma (Zanna Boguma of Borno) to President Muhammadu Buhari criticizing the operational strategy of the Nigerian Military in Borno State.

“The Borno Stakeholders Forum is concerned with the way and manner certain individuals go about putting unfounded information in the public space without concern about the effect of such on the morale or psychological state of those involved in the fight against Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorist.

“This insensitivity was aptly captured in the Open Letter written by Zanna Hassan Boguma where he wittingly accused the Nigerian Military of indolence and lack of patriotism in the fight against Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorist in the state.

“The Borno Stakeholders Forum is alarmed as well as dismayed with such exhibition of recklessness and total disregard for the efforts of the Nigerian Military in keeping Boko Haram/ ISWAP terrorist at bay in Borno state since 2015.

“In the Open Letter by Zanna Hassan Boguma, he attempted to make a comparison of the operations of the Nigerian Military during the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan and the present administration. The Borno Stakeholders Forum frowns as such an unhealthy attitude as displayed by Zanna Hassan Boguma, which is at best a mischievous attempt at seeking public attention.

“The Borno Stakeholders Forum wishes to state in unequivocal terms that Alhaji Zanna Hassan Boguma’s postulations are at best a figment of his imaginations and not in any way the position of the critical stakeholders in Borno State who are appreciative of the efforts of the Nigerian Military so far in the fight against Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorist since the inception of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.”