Recruit Mercenaries To Defeat Boko Haram – Gov Zulum Begs Buhari

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Federal Government delegation in Borno

BY EDMOND ODOK – Battling the frustration of having his people killed every day, Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum believes engaging foreign mercenaries could just be the needed answer to the Boko Haram menace tormenting Nigeria.

He is therefore urging President Muhammadu Buhari to put on his thinking cap and listen more to Nigerians in coordinating efforts at stopping the wanton killings of innocent citizens and destruction of their livelihoods.

For Zulum, the time has come for the Federal Government to rein in its oversized ego and hire those that can help Nigeria defeat the terrorists and completely wipe out Boko Haram from the country.

Known for openly expressing his unhappiness with the prolong insurgency ravaging Borno state for over a decade now, Governor Zulum
pleaded with the President to take more definitive measures towards bring the incessant killings and deadly attacks by the terrorist group to an end.

He spoke when the Federal Government delegation, led by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, visited him to convey President Buhari’s sympathy to the people of Borno over mass killing of rice farmers and some villagers.

In his remarks, Governor Zulum made some recommendations aimed at assisting government to decimate the terrorists and finally bring insurgency to its knees in Nigeria.

According to him; “One of our recommendations as possible solutions to end the insurgency is the immediate recruitment of our youths into military and paramilitary services to complement the efforts of the Nigerian forces;

“Our second recommendation is to engage the services of our immediate neighbours, especially the government of Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic, in clearing the remnants of Boko Haram hiding in the shores of the Lake Chad;

“Our third recommendation is for him to engage the services of the mercenaries to clear the entire Sambisa forest;

“Our fourth recommendation is for him to provide the police and the military, with armed resistant armoured personnel carriers and other related equipment;

“We are also soliciting the support of the federal government to support the Borno state repatriation of out displaced persons currently residing in Cameroon and Niger Republic.”

Governor Zulum also demanded that a more coordinated approach should be adopted in the fight against the terrorists, even as he challenged the Federal Government to increase support for the people of Borno State to improve their lives and alleviate their sufferings.

He also stated that most attacks taking place in the state, like the Zabarmari incident, would have been avoided “if adequate support and infrastructure had been provided for the North-east region and Nigerian military.”

The governor however admitted that inadequate critical infrastructure, including lack of good roads in the state and the region at large, have largely fueled insecurity in the country.

In the Federal Government delegation, led by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, were Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno and some Cabinet ministers.

On behalf of the Federal Government, Senator Lawan conveyed President Buhari’s sympathy to the government and people of Borno over mass killing of the villagers.

He stressed that the present administration is committed to end the 11 years old insurgency in the North East region and other forms of criminality across the country.

Though not officially acknowledged, strong signals had emerged that the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan, just before the 2015 general elections, contracted a private army from South Africa to root out the terrorists and recover most of the territories that were taken over by Boko Haram in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.

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