Caretaker Chairman of Monguno local government area of Borno State, Gadau Ali has lamented that the people of his council may been faced with food shortage.
The council boss, who spoke to journalists on Sunday, lamented that the military has closed six of the seven routes into Monguno town and prevented the people of the council from going out to farm.
He said all the farmlands in Monguno and all communities are inaccessible as the military has stopped anyone from going beyond Monguno town into other communities within the council area.
He said: “The military has closed six of the seven routes into Monguno and makes it difficult for our people to farm. The only route opened is the Maiduguri road.”
He said the “people of the council are only staying in Monguno or in Maiduguri, there is no person staying in the other communities in the local government.”
He noted that: “”If the military has given permission for people in the local government to go out to farm, there won’t be shortage of food.”
Ali lamented that: “The excuse the military continue to give is that there are elements of Boko Haram around Monguno and that they cannot guarantee the security of our people farming.”
He said: “We have made several visitations to the military to allow our people to farm around the town, we told them that the vigilante and Civilian JTF will go round to ensure security but they won’t just budge.”
He decried that: “This will create a great problem next year as food is going to be scarce, there is going to be food gap.”
Ali, while lamenting that it may have already be too late now as the rainy season was over, said: “We spoke to the governor about this and he promised to talk to the military.”