One of the Nigerian, Member House of Representatives, Mr Adamu Kamale, has allegedly accused the Nigerian military for giving President Muhammadu Buhari wrong information on the magnitude of Boko Haram insurgent.
Also Kamale, a member of the All Progressives Congress, represents Michika and Madagali Federal Constituency of Adamawa State.
The two local governments, particularly Madagali, have had a fair share of attacks and abductions by the dreaded sect.
The Communities in the local governments are a stone’s throw from the boundary with Sambisa Forest, the insurgents’ safe haven from where they launch attacks on their victims.
Kamale, who spoke exclusively with The PUNCH, noted that while the military’s position of ‘decimating’ the insurgents sounded laudable, “the truth remains” that the group was still very active. Because they are not sedentary base on this situation we are seeing.
He disclosed that the situation in Madagali had been “flagrantly under-reported” in a series of security reports filed by the military to Buhari.
According to the lawmaker, no week passes without “one ugly incident or another” taking place in the border communities.
He added, “I am from this place (Madagali) and I can authoritatively tell you that my people are not safe.
“We are happy that Mr. President made a reference to the Boko Haram issue in his broadcast to the nation when he returned from his medical vacation to the United Kingdom. He spoke of stepping up the war against Boko Haram and other forms of insecurity.
“However, we advise Mr. President to match the broadcast with actions because the insurgents are truly killing more people than he is even aware of, particularly in Michika/Madagali Local Government Areas of Adamawa State.
“In the past few days, over 10 lives and over 200 houses have been lost again. The security reports he gets on these two local governments are not detailed.
“The situation here is worse than the reports he gets from the military.
Kamale had in December 2016 opposed a plan by the military to pull out troops from the North-East this year on the grounds that the insurgents had been weakened.
He had warned, “The situation today is such that government should deploy more troops in Madagali; nothing has changed much.
“Insurgents are still very active, kidnapping women and children and defiling them.
“If the government contemplates withdrawing troops, it means insurgents will simply take over Madagali as a permanent territory.
“As we speak, insurgents live and operate just within two kilometres to the Sambisa Forest from Madagali.
“Thinking of withdrawing troops does not tally with the reality on ground.”
In December 2016, a twin bomb attack killed at least 60 people in Madagali market and left 77 others injured.
The local government was hit twice earlier in December 2015, while a popular motor back was also bombed by the insurgents.
President Buhari , spoke of stepping up the war against Boko Haram and other forms of insecurity.