Recruit Foreign Mercenaries to Fight Boko Haram, Governor Zulum Recommends Nigerian Government

Zulum made some significant suggestions to the federal government that he believes might put an end to the insurgency.
Governor Babagana Zulum

Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, Borno State Governor, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to lead the government to engage foreign mercenaries, such as President Goodluck Jonathan's government, to completely wipe out the country's Boko Haram.

Recall that President Goodluck Jonathan contracted a private army from South Africa in the aftermath of the 2015 general election, which recorded many successes in the recuperation of most of the territories taken over by Boko haram from the states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.

The delegation of the Federal Government, headed by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, was also accompanied by the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, and other ministers.

On behalf of the federal government, Lawan conveyed the condolences of President Buhari to the citizens of Borno over the mass killing of the villagers, stressing that Jere is committed to ending the 11-year-old rebellion in the area and other forms of crime across the country.

Zulum, who had never concealed his frustration with the protracted insurgency that had plagued his state for over a decade, urged the government to take more serious steps to put an end to the crisis.

In his speech, Zulum made some significant suggestions to the federal government that he believes might put an end to the insurgency.

He said;

“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 the Niger Republic,”
Zulum said.

In the war against the insurgency, the Governor also called for a more organized approach, while calling on the Federal Government to increase federal funding for residents of the State of Borno to better their lives as most of them have been traumatized.

According to him if adequate support and infrastructure were provided for the Northeast and military, most of the attacks occurring in the state like the Zabarmari incident would have been avoided.

He noted that the lack of essential infrastructure, including the lack of good roads in the state and the area as a whole, is grossly fuelled by insecurity.