BY SONI DANIEL
ABUJA—Bauchi State Governor, Mallam Isa Yuguda, has blamed the seeming difficulty in tackling the Boko Haram onslaught on Nigeria’s North-East on the infiltration of the sect by armed groups from neighboring countries.
Yuguda, who spoke in a BBC interview monitored in Abuja, pleaded with the international community to collaborate with the Federal Government in curtailing the spate of attacks being unleashed by the terrorists in parts of the North.
The governor said that the involvement of terrorists from neighboring countries had changed the face of the insurgency, making it more difficult to contain.
“It is my belief that since some of the attackers come from across Nigeria’s northeast borders with Chad, Niger and Cameroon, the face of the insurgency has shifted from a national to an international operation.
“Fighting a guerilla war is very difficult especially if you have pockets of insurgents in various locations that are not easily identifiable and accessible.
“We have reasons to believe that this is not a national affair but an international one,” Yuguda alleged.
The governor dismissed claims that the terrorists were better motivated than the Nigerian security agencies, pointing out that the soldiers have done their best to contain the militias.
Reacting to the development, a group, Nigeria Arise Against Terror, NAAT, endorsed the call by Gov. Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State on the international community to urgently intervene in efforts by the Federal Government to stem the tide of terror currently ravaging the Northeast part of the country.
The group in a statement by its Interim National Coordinator, Mr. Emeka Kanu-Nwapa, and National Publicity Secretary, Malam Abba Aliyu, said it had reasons to believe that most of the attacks in the region recently suggested that the war had gone beyond the Boko Haram and assumed an international face and character.