Following the incessant attacks on the Borno State governor Babagana Zulum by Boko haram terrorist, he has called on the federal government to invite the Chadian army to help in the fight against the insurgents.
Zulum made the call while hosting some governors in Maiduguri, the state capital on Wednesday, September 30 after been attacked twice in a matter of weeks by the terror group.
Gov. Zulum opined that he is not trying to undermine the effort of Nigerian soldiers while stressing that no single army anywhere in the world has been able to suppress the activities of terrorist groups.
Spokesman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) released a statement which reads:
Zulum pleaded with the federal government to ensure that Chadian soldiers are invited to join the Nigeria Army in the fight against insurgency if any meaningful success is to be recorded on the battleground.
“Zulum rationalized that no single army anywhere in the world has ever succeeded in quelling insurgency and requested that the government looked into ways of complementing the efforts of the Nigeria Army with the Chadian soldiers, emphasizing it is not to undermine the Nigerian soldiers but to help them in finishing the job within a realistic deadline.
“The situation in our State has become very dire because, everything calls for endurance, commitment and dedication if our people were to be drawn out of the woods.
“Chad Basin used to employ about 10 million people while the Sambisa Grazing Reserve and the Mandara Mountains used to employ about 3 million people but the insurgents have made these places inaccessible to the people.”
Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi who is also chairman of the NGF condoled with the people of the state over the attacks, and also announced a donation of N100million to the state government.
The statement added;
“Dr. Fayemi admonished Prof Zulum to exercise caution in his activities in the state, even though he narrated how the Borno Governor always responded by saying that his life was in the hands of Allah and that death will only come when Allah wills.
“The NGF Chairman announced a donation of one hundred million Naira to the Government and people of Borno State from the NGF before handing the cheque over to the Borno governor