In the wake of rising in securities in some parts of the nation, especially the Northern parts of the country, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state has asked President Buhari to bring in mercenaries to wipe out Boko Haram insurgents.
The Borno Governor made the recommendations while receiving a federal government delegation who were on a condolence visit to the state on Monday November 30, over the killing of 43 farmers by Boko Haram insurgents.
Among those in the federal government delegation were Senate President Ahmad Lawan; Ibrahim Gambari, chief of staff to the president; Babagana Monguno, national security adviser; and some ministers.
He also asked for the provision of armed resistant armoured personnel carriers, rehabilitation of roads and support for displaced persons.
“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 Niger Republic.”
Zulum who also noted that the federal ministry of works had not constructed roads in the last 25 years in Borno State and most parts of the North-East, said insurgency in the state will reduce by 60 percent if the federal government can fix the bad roads in Borno and the north-east.