By Nkoli Opara (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – North-East governors have expressed support for calls for the Federal Government to engage mercenaries in the war against insurgency in the region.
This was stated by Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, on Tuesday, on behalf of other governors of the region, while on a visit to Borno State to commensurate with the government and the people of the state over the recent gruesome slaughtering of farmers in the state by Boko Haram elements.
Governor Ishaku said that the region’s governors were in agreement with the suggestions made by Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, on how to defeat Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) insurgents terrorising the region.
In his words, “Our dear brother, we are here to condole you over the killing of farmers by Boko Haram insurgents; we are indeed saddened and traumatised”.
Continuing, he siad, “I will key into your request, which you said that the Federal Government should invite some mercenaries to come and help us out of this problem because what you cannot do, what you cannot solve, I think we should invite who can solve it for us.”
Governor Zulum had proposed the engagement of mercenaries by the Nigerian Government to join the fight against insurgency in the country, alongside other recommendations, following Boko Haram’s recent killing of 43 farmers from Zabarmari community who were attacked at Koshobe, a village in Mafa Local Government Area of Borno.