Governor Zulum has submitted 5 new requests to the federal government headed by President Buhari after the Borno massacre.
Nigeria online news reports that Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum has urged President Buhari to emulate predecessor Goodluck Jonathan by hiring mercenaries to fight Boko Haram terrorists in northeastern Nigeria.
Recall that Jonathan had cleaned many parts of the state from terrorists for the 2015 elections, using mercenaries from South Africa.
But the Buhari administration fired them, placing their trust in the Nigerian army.
More than five years later, in an apparent lack of trust in the military, the Borno governor has asked the government to bring in the hired gunmen once again.
Zulum’s recommendation also reinforced the belief among Nigerians that the Buhari administration’s claims about Boko Haram’s technical defeat were lies.
And the lies crumble daily, the lthe latest is the daring murder by terrorists of between 43 and 110 Zabarmari villagers in Jere LGA de Borno over the weekend.
Governor Zulum demanded that the mercenaries be returned to clear the entire Sambisa forest, where the terrorists are hiding.
Zulum made the suggestion when he met with a delegation from the Federal Government, led by Senate President Ahmad Lawan.
The delegation came for a solidarity visit, on behalf of President Buhari, after the Zabarmari massacre.
Borno massacre: Zulum presents 5 new request to the federal government of Buhari
Zulum gave five other key recommendations on how to win the war against Boko Haram and the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP), terrorizing the state.
Suggestions include the immediate recruitment of young men into the army to increase their strength.
Second, he called on the Buhari government to request the help of the neighboring Republic of Niger, Chad and Cameroon to clean up the remains of insurgents in the Lake Chad region and the Mandara Mountains.
Third, Zulum requested the supply of armored mine resistance vehicles and other equipment for the army, police and other security agencies involved in the insurgency fight.
Fourth, he called on the government to support the repatriation of internally displaced persons in Cameroon and the Republic of Niger, as well as to increase support for livelihoods for the population of Borno state.
Fifth, he called on President Buhari to increase federal support for Borno state residents.
The governor said that although the insurgency had lasted for 11 years, it was persistent because the efforts were not well coordinated.
He described Saturday’s killings and many others as preventable events if the proper support and infrastructure had been provided for the Northeast and the military.
Senate President Ahmed Lawan, who led the delegation, expressed his condolences to the government and people of the state for the ugly incident.
He informed the governor that President Muhammadu Buhari has asked him to assure the people of Borno of his commitment to fighting the insurgency.
The president of the Senate added that the armed forces have received marching orders to go to fight the insurgents wherever they hide.
The delegation members include the President’s Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the Ministers of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello, Communications and Digital Economy, Ali Pantami, and the Minister of State for Agriculture, Mustapha Baba Shehuri.
Other members are the National Security Advisor, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd) and the President’s Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Mallam Garba Shehu.
The delegation was received upon arrival at the airport by Borno State Deputy Governor Usman Umar Gadafu.