The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), has described the Friday’s attack on Borno Governor Babagana Zulum’s convoy, as “alarming”.
ACF, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Emmanuel Yawe on Saturday in Kaduna, condemned the fresh attack.
The governor was on his way to Baga town when the terrorists opened fire on his convoy.
DAILY POST reports that twelve policemen, 13 civilians and five soldiers were confirmed dead from the attack.
however, ACF opined that the terrorists were targeting Zulum because he was raising hope in a demoralised country.
“We are alarmed that the deadly attacks have continued in Borno despite assurances received from the military and the federal government of an improved security situation.
“Only last week, a serving senior military officer, Col. Bako, was ambushed and killed around Demboa in the same Borno.
“In July, Zulum came under gunfire while on an official tour.”
The forum said the renewed attacks are affecting public confidence in the ability of the military to successfully defend Nigeria in the ongoing war against terror.
The Forum, however, urged the military to act swiftly to restore public confidence, adding that if anything untoward happens to Gov. Zulum, the consequences for the rest of the country will be grave.
According to ACF, the attacks by terrorists while the governor was trying to move some IDPs back to their permanent homes from camps have raised questions on the ability to ensure the safety of IDPs seeking to return to their homes.
“The military and the Federal Government must act swiftly to end this war,” the statement added.