The Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum, has on Monday, stated that one of the major recommendations to end the Boko Haram insurgency once and for all, is for President Muhammadu Buhari to come out and engage the services of mercenaries to clear the entire Sambisa Forest,
Governor Zulum stated this when a Federal Government Delegation led by Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, paid him a condolence visit over the Zabarmari killings of at least 43 residents.
According to the report, Governor Zulum recalled that the former President Goodluck Jonathan administration contracted a private Army from South Africa, which helped in the recovery of some territories taken over by the Boko Haram terrorists in Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa States.
He advised the government to take more serious measures to bring the crisis to an end.
His words: “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 Lake Chad.
“Our third recommendation is for the President to engage the services of 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 our displaced persons currently residing in Cameroon and the Niger Republic.”
The Governor called for a more coordinated approach in the fight against the insurgent, saying that there is a need for increased Federal support for traumatised residents of Borno State.
He noted that many of the attacks would have been avoided, “if adequate support and infrastructure had been provided for the Northeast and the Military”, stressing that, the roads in the State have not been rehabilitated by the Federal Government in the last 25 years.
“If the Federal Government can fix the bad roads in Borno and the North-East, the insurgency would be reduced by 60 percent”, he said.
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