‘Engage foreign Troops, Recruit Mercenaries to fight Boko Haram’, Zulum tells Buhari
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to engage foreign mercenaries to completely wipe out Boko Haram insurgency in the country.
Zulum stated this while playing host to a Federal Government delegation, comprising of Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno and some ministers who on behalf of the federal government went to sympathize with the people of Borno state over the Slaughter of 43 rice farmers by Insurgents in the state on Saturday.
“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,” Zulum said.
The governor also called for a more coordinated approach in the fight against the insurgent, while calling on the Federal Government to equally increase federal support for residents of Borno State for improved their lives as most of them have been traumatised.
According to him, most of the attacks happening in the state like the Zabarmari incident would have been avoided “if adequate support and infrastructure had been provided for the Northeast and military”.
He observed that the insecurity is grossly fueled by lack of critical infrastructure including lack of good roads in the state and the region at large.