Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, on Wednesday asked the Federal Government to invite the Chadian army to help in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency.
Zulum, according to a statement issued by Head of Media and Public Affairs, Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, made the call while hosting some governors in Maiduguri, the state capital.
He had been attacked twice by the terrorists in the last few days.
The governor said he was not trying to undermine the effort of Nigerian soldiers, adding that no single army anywhere in the world has ever succeeded in quelling insurgency.
The statement read: “Zulum pleaded with the federal government to ensure that Chadian soldiers are invited to join the Nigeria Army in the fight against insurgency if any meaningful success is to be recorded on the battleground.
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“Zulum rationalised that no single army anywhere in the world has ever succeeded in quelling insurgency and requested that the government looked into ways of complementing the efforts of the Nigeria Army with the Chadian soldiers.
“He emphasized that this was not to undermine the Nigerian soldiers but to help them in finishing the job within a realistic deadline.
“The situation in our state has become very dire because, everything calls for endurance, commitment, and dedication if our people were to be drawn out of the woods.
“Chad Basin used to employ about 10 million people while the Sambisa Grazing Reserve and the Mandara Mountains used to employ about three million people but the insurgents have made these places inaccessible to the people.”