Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has called on security agencies to change their strategy in their fight against Boko Haram terrorists group.
Atiku was reacting to the latest attack on Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State by Boko Haram in Baga.
The attack, which was said to be an ambush, resulted in the killing of 15 security personnel including soldiers and policemen attached to the Governor’s convoy.
A security source quoted by AFP on condition of anonymity said eight policemen, three soldiers, and four members of a government-backed local militia were killed in the attack on the Governor’s convoy near the town of Baga on the shores of Lake Chad.
The Jihadist fighters opened fire with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades as the convoy was passing through a village close to the headquarters of the Multinational Joint Task Force.
Reacting in a post on Twitter on Saturday, Atiku sympathized with the families of the deceased and the people of Borno.
Atiku wrote: “The attack on Gov. Babagana Zulum in which over a dozen security operatives were killed between Monguno and Baga should be a source of concern not only because it is the second time such an attack is taking place in recent times, but because the Borno governor is not a soft target.
“This attack is yet another reminder that we need to adopt new strategies to deal with the menace of insurgency decisively. I convey my condolences to the families of the deceased.
“I solidarize with the government and people of Borno that Gov Zulum did not come to any harm.”