The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Borno State, Alhaji Mohammed Imam has lamented the continued stay of some people of the troubled state in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.
Imam, who said that the people of the state have no reason staying in IDPs camp, alleged that the recent surge in Boko Haram insurgency in the state could be traced to the selfish interest of some politicians to manipulate the elections to favour them.
Speaking to journalists at the inauguration of Borno PDP Campaign Council at the weekend in Maiduguri, Imam called for inquiry into the recent increase in Boko Haram attacks in the state that has led to some residents fleeing their residents.
He said, “Why the increase in Boko Haram attacks when the elections are by the corner and our people made to flee back to Maiduguri and probably consigned back to a live at the IDP camps.”
He said from what have been seen so far, the increase in the attacks look politically motivated and something needs to be done urgently to address it.
“A lot more need to be looked into. There is no reason why people are going to be pushed down to Maiduguri just for the reason of the elections.
“We are appealing to security agencies and our people to be more vigilant and arrest those that are behind this problem.”
Earlier while addressing the campaign council headed by Alhaji Kaka Bolori, Imam said: “The challenges before us is enormous in the weeks ahead we are going into general elections. We need to be steadfast and committed to our desire in the elections and do the needful to win.
“We need change for we currently have poverty of leadership. We lack transparency and there is high level of corruption, and increasing insecurity.”
He promised that his administration would provide solutions to all these if elected.
Imam said: “I am assuring our people that if swore in as governor on May 29, within six months there would not be IDP camps, everybody in the state would be fully settled in their homes, villages and towns.
“There is no reason for IDP camps in Borno state, the other two states we were in the crisis together have no more IDP camps. In Yobe you can go to your farms and can travel day and night. Why not this in Borno, there is more to it than we know now.
“When we come into power, we are going to ensure that the security of lives is restored,” he reiterated.