By Ben Agande
FORMER governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff has offered to avail security agencies with useful tips on how to combat the Boko Haram insurgency drawing from his governorship experience.
Sheriff, who noted that difficult terrain of Borno has made it difficult for security agents to rout the insurgents, spoke with State House Correspondents after meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the presidential Villa, yesterday.
He urged all Nigerians tojoin the fight against Boko Haram because it is a Nigerian problem.
”It is a serious concern to every Nigerian. It is a serious concern to you, me and everybody and it needs everyone of us as Nigerians to put ourselves in a position to see what we can do to help this nation come out of this problem” he said.
Interestingly, Sheriff has variously been accused of establishing a campaign team that transformation into Boko Haram when he was governor of Borno State.
The former governor said the difficult terrain of Borno state has further compounded the fight against the terrorists because those fighting the insurgents must have a good knowledge of the state.
”Borno state is a difficult state compared to any other state in Nigeria. Borno has the biggest landmass bordering Niger, Chad and Cameron. It is an open border. Borno is not like the Republic of Benin with only one entrance into Nigeria. In Borno, you can enter from 20 different points into the country.
Therefore, you need a perfect understanding of the terrain. You need every knowledge that any politician has, particularly any politician that operate in Borno state. That is all we can contribute for now. What ever I can do as a civilian, I will do using my position as the former chief executive of the state for eight years. What I had seen during my tenure I will contribute to the security agencies” he noted.
Dr Sheriff confirmed that he has moved from the opposition All Progressives Congress to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in order to contribute to moving Nigeria forward.
”My interest now should be on how to move the nation forward. Our interest should be on what will make the nation move forward. My decision will be guided by the interest of the nation first. My moving to the PDP is also in the interest of the nation. We believe that every time, as a leader who lead people, you should advise them on the right course of action,” he said.