No less than 100,000 additional soldiers are needed to successfully defeat the Boko Haram terrorists and other insurgents in Nigeria.
This was disclosed by Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno State when he hosted some House of Representative members led by Hon. Babajimi Benson on Wednesday who were in Borno on a condolence visit.
The governor added that apart from the extra soldiers, at least 50,000 people from Borno state should be recruited to join the army in fighting the insurgents.
It will be recalled that On February 10, Boko Haram terrorists killed 30 persons, and destroyed several vehicles and properties following an attack against stranded passengers in Auno, a town 20 kilometres from Maiduguri, Borno state capital.
Benson told Governor Zulum that the delegation was in Borno on a condolence visit and also to seek ways in which the lawmakers could be of assistance to the state and its people.
The governor in his response, called for the recruitment of extra manpower, better funding and the provision of modern equipment in the fight against terrorists.
“You cannot fight this insurgency to an end without technology and without manpower and without funding,” Zulum said.
“Take my words, they (the military) don’t have the manpower, they don’t have the equipment. Kindly advise the speaker and the senate president to tell Mr. President to approve the massive recruitment of soldiers. We need about 100,000 more to be recruited into the Nigerian army. They should come and employ the locals whether they have western education or not.
“We need to recruit nothing less than 50,000 men from Borno, we have able-bodied men that can join the Nigerian Armed Forces on an ad-hoc basis.”
It will be recalled the Nigerian Army and the federal government had constantly maintained that the terrorists have been technically defeated but the insurgents are still launching attacks, leading to renewed calls for more action against the insurgents.