The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, on Monday gave reasons why the Nigerian government and military have not been able to win the decade-long war against Boko Haram.
Zulum spoke while hosting a visiting delegation from the Senate on a sympathy visit to the state over the recent attacks in Borno state.
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We reported recently how gunmen believed to be members of ISWAP, a breakaway faction of Boko Haram, attacked some villages and killed about 120 civilians. The insurgents had also rustled over 1200 cows from the attacked communities.
The delegation, led by the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, and the Senate Chief Whip, Orji Kalu, visited Maiduguri to commiserate with the state over the killings.
The governor also told the visiting lawmakers, including the immediate governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, that 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.”Photo Credit: Getty