Borno: Nigeria needs more soldiers to end insurgency – Governor Zulum

Abubakar Mohammed, Maiduguri

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The Borno state Government says Nigeria needs more soldiers to end insurgency in Nigeria especially in the North-East.

Borno state governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum made this known during a sympathy visit to the state by a senate delegation over the recent attacks in the state.

The high powered senate delegation was led by senate majority leader, Senator Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi.

The senate leader was accompanied by other senators, some notable figure among the delegation were the three senators from Borno alongside the chief whip of the senate, senator Orji Uzor Kalu , deputy minority whip, Hadi Ya’u among others.

During the visit senator Yahaya said: “we are here to commiserate with the government and people of Borno state over the insurgency attack that led to the death of many innocent lives.

“We have met with the governor, we discuss with the state executive council, the state house of assembly and also the chairman of our party in the state.  We are here to deliver the message sent through us by the senate president and the entire senate of the federal republic of Nigeria.

 “We will work harmoniously to end the insurgency in the country and to secure any part of the country against illicit act we have taken some observation from the governor we will deliver it to the senate.’’

 While addressing the senate delegation, Governor Zulum the soldiers fighting the war are inadequate.

“Another huge setback is the issue of the numerical strength of the Nigerian military. The numerical force of the troops in the theatre is lean,” he said.

“Most importantly, we want a situation whereby our gallant civilian-JTF to be massively recruited into the Nigerian military and other paramilitary to end the insurgency.

“Recruiting them is very critical because the essential thing is to gain commitment. We have a vast army of committed members of the vigilante and the civilian-JTF to end the insecurity and bring peace and stability to their fatherland.”

He said the state desires better approaches to ending the insurgency, especially with the recent turn of events.

“Let me extend my sincere appreciation to the federal government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari for stabilising the security situation in the northeast sub-region.

“We also appreciate the National Assembly for all the efforts that it has been rendering towards developing the entire northeast sub-region – particularly the establishment of the Northeast development commission.

“However, the recent spontaneous attacks in Borno state are a thing of grave concern to all of us. We cannot overemphasise the nexus between insecurity and development. If there is no peace, there won’t be security and development.”

The governor said the people of Borno state are facing a grave challenge due to the renewed attacks by the insurgents.

“We need to address the root causes of the insurgency which are not limited to endemic poverty, poverty and illiteracy, unemployment, environmental degradation amongst others. Right now, the majority of our citizens have limited access to their farms.”

“It is our sincere hope that the recent moves by the president will bring lasting peace to Borno state and the Northeast in general,” he said.

The governor called on the Senate to look into the issue of funding and examine the existing gaps as a strategy for winning the war.